Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
KERR, John Hosea (1873-1958)

KERR, JOHN HOSEA, (grandnephew of John Kerr), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Yanceyville, Caswell County, N.C., December 31, 1873; attended the local school and Bingham's Military School of North Carolina; was graduated from Wake Forest (N.C.) College in 1895; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Warrenton, N.C.; mayor of Warrenton, N.C., in 1897 and 1898; solicitor for the third district of North Carolina 1906-1916; judge of the superior court 1916-1923; trustee of the University of North Carolina; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1932 and 1940; chairman, United States delegation to the Inter-American Travel Congress in Mexico City in 1941; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Claude Kitchin; reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1953; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Seventy-second through Seventy-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1952; died in Warrenton, N.C., June 21, 1958; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1923-1952, 18 linear feet.
The congressional files of John Hosea Kerr document his involvement in legislation concerning cotton, peanuts, and tobacco farming. The papers also document John Hosea Kerr's roles as vice-chairman of the subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee that handled military appropriations during World War II, chairman for the Subcommittee on Subversive Organizations, delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1932 and 1940, and promoter of the Roanoke River reservoir project named for him. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.


University of Indiana
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the papers of Louis Leon Ludlow, 1898-1948, 8,355 items.
Correspondents include John Hosea Kerr.