Joseph Thomas DEAL, Congress, VA (1860-1942)


DEAL, Joseph Thomas, a Representative from Virginia; born near Surry, Va., November 19, 1860; attended the public schools; was graduated from Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1882; engaged in civil engineering and lumber manufacturing in Surry County in 1883; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1891; chairman of the Improvement Board of Norfolk 1905-1910; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1908; member of the State house of delegates 1910-1912; served in the State senate in 1919; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1929); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; resumed his activities in the lumber business until his death in Norfolk, Va., on March 7, 1942; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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