Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
IRELAND, Andrew Poysell (Andy) (1930-)

IRELAND, ANDREW POYSELL (ANDY), a Representative from Florida; born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, August 23, 1930; attended private schools in Cincinnati; graduated, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., 1948; B.S., Yale University, 1952; graduate studies, Columbia University, New York City, 1953-1954; graduated, Louisiana State University, School of Banking of the South, 1959; consultant; businessman; joined Barnett National Bank in Jacksonville, Fla., 1954; president, chairman, chief executive officer, American National Banks of Winter Haven, Cypress Gardens, and Auburndale, Fla., 1962-1968; senior vice president, director, chief executive officer, Barnett First National Bank of Jacksonville, Winter Haven, Cypress Gardens, and Auburndale, Fla., 1968-1970; director, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Jacksonville branch, 1966-1968; Winter Haven city commissioner, 1966-1968; delegate, United Nations General Assembly, 1981; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses; on July 5, 1984, switched party affiliation and continued in office as a Republican; reelected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1977-January 3, 1993); was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; is a resident of Boca Grande, Fla.

Florida Southern College
Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Archives Center
Lakeland, FL
Papers: 1977-1993, 37.5 linear feet.
The papers of former Congressman Andy Ireland primarily relate to his career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The State of Florida and National Issues, 1977-1993 series provides information on issues that faced the United States as well as the state of Florida during this time period. Within these documents are bills, reports, news articles, and correspondence. The correspondence is limited to communication between Congressman Ireland and other government officials. Very little correspondence exists between Congressman Ireland and his constituents, with the exception of letter standards that he used to respond to various inquiries. The arrangement of the collection, wherever possible, reflects the arrangement set up by Ireland’s staff. Of special note is the information in the Defense section dealing with the A-12 Avenger project and defense spending. The district section contains documents, correspondence, newsletters, and news articles relating to specific counties within the subject’s congressional district. The legislation section contains bill summaries, the congressman’s individual voting records, and legislative activity guides. Videos are arranged alphabetically by subject and relate to specific issues (i.e. defense), general interest, and politics. The press section contains newspaper articles denoted as either media reports or press clippings. Photographs document the subject’s career in the congress. Other sections contain information about the Congressional Classroom program, Andy Ireland’s I-Team, and personal invitations. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.