Martin Dies, Jr. on Findagrave
Birth: Nov. 5, 1900
Death: Nov. 14, 1972
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)