Joseph Landon EVINS, Congress, TN (1910-1984)


EVINS, Joseph Landon, a Representative from Tennessee; born on a farm near Blend, DeKalb County, Tenn., October 24, 1910; attended the public schools; was graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1933 and from Cumberland University School of Law, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1934; postgraduate student of law at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1938-1940; was admitted to the bar in 1934 and commenced practice in Smithville, Tenn.; attorney for Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., 1935-1938; assistant secretary of the Federal Trade Commission 1938-1940; served in the United States Army on the staff of the Judge Advocate General, War Department, from March 1942 until discharged as a major in March 1946; resumed the practice of law in Smithville, Tenn.; chairman of the DeKalb County Democratic Executive Committee in 1946; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1977); chairman, Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-third Congresses), Committee on Small Business (Ninety-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; was a resident of Smithville, Tenn., until his death March 31, 1984, in Nashville, Tenn.; interment in Smithville Town Cemetery, Smithville, Tenn.


Graves, Susan B. Evins of Tennessee, Twenty-five Years in Congress. New York: Popular Library, 1971.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present