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John Q. Tilson

John Quillin Tilson (April 5, 1866-August 14, 1958) was a Republican politician in the United States, on both state and national levels, and a lawyer.

Tilson was born in Clearbranch, Tennessee, on April 5, 1866. He attended both public and private schools in nearby Flag Pond and later at Mars Hill, North Carolina. He went to college at Carson-Newman College, in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1888. Later he enrolled in Yale University, where he graduated from law school in 1893. He was admitted to the bar in 1897 and started to practice in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1898, when the Spanish-American War broke out, he enlisted and served as a second lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment, United States Volunteer Infantry.

In 1904, he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he served until 1908, the last two years as speaker. He was later elected to United States House of Representatives, serving from 1909 to 1913; however, he ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1912.

He ran again for the House of Representatives and served from March 4, 1915, until his resignation on December 3, 1932. He was the Majority Leader for the 69th Congress, 70th Congress, and the 71st Congress. He became a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1932.

After his retirement from public life, he returned to the practice of law in Washington D.C., and then in New Haven, Connecticut. He also served as a special lecturer at Yale University on parliamentary law and procedure and wrote Tilson's Manual.

Tilson died in New London, New Hampshire on August 14, 1958. He was interred in the private burial grounds on the family farm in Clearbranch, Tennessee.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George L. Lilley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's At-large congressional district

March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by
None, At-large seat eliminated
Preceded by
Thomas L. Reilly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1915 – December 3, 1932
Succeeded by
Francis T. Maloney
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Longworth
Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives
1925 – 1931
Succeeded by
Henry T. Rainey


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