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John W. Byrnes

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John W. Byrnes

John W. Byrnes
circa 1956
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by LaVern Dilweg
Succeeded by Harold Vernon Froehlich
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Michael F. Kresky, Jr.
Succeeded by Harold A. Lytie
Personal details
Born (1913-06-12)June 12, 1913
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Died January 12, 1985(1985-01-12) (aged 71)
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara Preston Byrnes
Children 6 - (3 sons, 3 daughters)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Occupation Attorney

John William Byrnes (June 12, 1913 – January 12, 1985) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Byrnes contracted polio as a small child.[1] He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1936, and then attended its law school. After graduation, Byrnes practiced law in Green Bay, and served as deputy commissioner of the state's department of banking from 1938 to 1941. He served in the state senate from 1941-1945, representing the 2nd District.[2]

Byrnes was elected in 1944 as a Republican to the 79th Congress from Wisconsin's 8th district. He defeated one-term incumbent LaVern Dilweg, a notable former professional football player with the Green Bay Packers. Byrnes was reelected to the thirteen succeeding Congresses, and served 28 years from January 1945 to January 1973, making him the 8th district's longest serving representative. He did not seek a fifteenth term in 1972 to the 93rd Congress.

After Congress, stayed in Washington to practice law and continued to reside in Arlington, Virginia. While traveling to Wisconsin for a medical check-up at the Marshfield Clinic, he suffered a stroke at the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee[3] and died several days later in Marshfield on January 12, 1985.[1][4] He was buried in Green Bay at Allouez Catholic Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "Byrnes, ex-member of Congress, dies". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 14, 1985. p. 2, part 2. 
  2. ^ John Byrnes, Wisconsin Historical Society
  3. ^ "Ex-congressman on critical list after stroke". Milwaukee Sentinel. January 9, 1985. p. 13, part 1. 
  4. ^ "Former Rep. Byrnes, 71, dies after stroke". Milwaukee Sentinel. January 14, 1985. p. 9, part 1. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
LaVern Dilweg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district

January 3, 1945 - January 3, 1973
Succeeded by
Harold Vernon Froehlich
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