RANDOLPH, Jennings (1902-1998)

RANDOLPH, JENNINGS, a Representative and a Senator from West Virginia; born in Salem, Harrison County, W.Va., March 8, 1902; attended the public schools; graduated from the Salem (W.Va.) Academy in 1920 and Salem (W.Va.) College in 1924; engaged in newspaper work in Clarksburg, W.Va., in 1924; associate editor of West Virginia Review at Charleston in 1925; head of the department of public speaking and journalism at Davis and Elkins College at Elkins, W.Va., 1926-1932; trustee of Salem College and Davis and Elkins College; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Seventy-sixth through Seventy-ninth Congresses), Committee on Civil Service (Seventy-ninth Congress); professor of public speaking at Southeastern University, Washington, D.C., 1935-1953, and dean of School of Business Administration 1952-1958; assistant to president and director of public relations, Capital Airlines, Washington, D.C., February 1947-April 1958; elected in a special election on November 4, 1958, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Matthew M. Neely; reelected in 1960, 1966, 1972 and 1978 and served from November 5, 1958, to January 3, 1985; did not seek reelection; chairman, Committee on Public Works (Eighty-ninth through Ninety-fifth Congresses), Committee on Environment and Public Works (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); died in St. Louis, Mo., on May 8, 1998; interment in Seventh-Day Baptist Cemetery, Salem, Harrison County, W.Va.

Berea College

Berea, KY
Papers: Correspondence in the Council of the Southern Mountains general correspondence, 1957-1970.

Boise State University Library
Boise, ID
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1983. Finding aid.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1967. 15 leaves. In the Social Security collection. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: Material concerning Jenning's role as advocate of airmail pick-up system in All American Engineering Company records, 1937-1975.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1965. 15 pages.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: 109 pages. U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Public Works Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Oral History: 1985. 32 pages.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral History: 1971. 6 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History

Charleston, WV
Papers: 1934-1984. Ca. 900 boxes. Political and personal papers, photographs, and memorabilia


West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: Correspondence in Andrew Edmiston papers, 1865-1948; West Virginia State Board of Control records, 1909-1949; and Ernest Glenwood Otey papers, 1935-1965.

  • Randolph, Jennings, and James A. Bell. Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen . . . : A Practical Guide to Public Speaking. 1939. Rev. ed. Washington: Press of Judd & Detweiler, 1951. Originally published as Speaking That Wins.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes to the Honorable Jennings Randolph of West Virginia in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 98th Cong., 2d sess., 1984. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1984.