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Martin Dies, Jr
Birth: Nov. 5, 1900
Colorado City
Mitchell County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1972
Lufkin
Angelina County
Texas, USA

US Congressman. Born in Colorado City, Texas, his father, Martin Dies Sr., would be elected to the United States Congress when Martin Jr. was nine years old. He graduated from Beaumont High School in Beaumont, Texas and went on to earn a law degree from the National University in Washington, D.C. in 1920, joining a law practice in Orange, Texas at that time. In 1930he was elected as a Democrat to represent Texas's 2nd District in the United States House of Representatives, and was the youngest member of Congress when he took his seat in 1931. He became well known for his work as the Chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which had been established in 1938 to investigate suspected communists. Starting in 1947 the committee's mission was to prove that the screen writers guild had communist members that were trying to place subversive propaganda into films. He would represent the 2nd District in Congress from 1931 to 1945, and then as an At-Large Delegate form 1953 to 1959, practicing law in the interim. When he was finished with public office he would go on to write magazine articles and an autobiography, "The Martin Dies Story" (1963). (bio by: Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Martin Dies (1870 - 1922)
  Olive Halliburton (1873 - 1960)
 
 Spouse:
  Myrtle McAdams Dies (1900 - 1987)*
 
 Children:
  Martin Dies (1921 - 2001)*
  Robert McAdams Dies (1927 - 1975)*
 
 Sibling:
  Martin Dies (1900 - 1972)
  Roy Miller Dies (1906 - 1973)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Garden of Memories Cemetery
Lufkin
Angelina County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 01, 2002
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One anecdote about you - you had gone to Hollywood to investigate first hand the threat of communism there in the late 1930s, and you met James Cagney - and begged for his autograph! Two days ago I nearly bought your autograph at a store.
- J.B.
 Added: May. 5, 2013
I was just passing by and wanted to leave a family tribute.
- David C. Dyess
 Added: Feb. 6, 2013

- Cindy
 Added: Nov. 5, 2012
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