John William Byrnes

John William Byrnes

Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Jan 1985 (aged 71)
Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 84491636 · View Source
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US Congressman. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he attended public schools, graduated from Green Bay East High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1935. In 1938, he graduated from law school and commenced to practicing in Green Bay that same year. He then entered politics and served as a special deputy commissioner of banking for the State of Wisconsin from 1938 until he resigned in 1940. A Republican, he then served Wisconsin's 8th District in the United States House of Representatives from 1945 to 1973. He became one of the most influential Republican members in the House and, with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur D. Mills, forged many of the bills that established a tax, debt, Social Security and trade laws. He was credited with much of the work that led to the Tax Reform Act of 1969 and he later was a vocal, but an unsuccessful opponent of then-President Richard M. Nixon's revenue-sharing proposal, which became law a year after Byrnes retired. He also lost the battle for providing voluntary rather than mandatory health insurance for the aged. He was not a candidate for reelection when his term ended in 1973. He also served as a Member of the Wisconsin State Senate representing its 2nd District from 1940 to 1944, Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Wisconsin in 1956, 1960, and 1964, and was a Candidate for the Republic Nomination for President in 1964. He returned to his law practice in Washington, D.C. soon after leaving politics. He passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, after suffering a stroke.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John William Byrnes (12 Jun 1913–12 Jan 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84491636, citing Allouez Catholic Cemetery And Chapel Mausoleum, Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .