Conyers, John, Jr., 1929-2019

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John James Conyers Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) was an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as a U.S. Representative for Michigan from 1965 to 2017. The districts he represented always included part of western Detroit. During his final three terms, his district included many of Detroit's western suburbs, as well as a large portion of the Downriver area.

Conyers served more than fifty years in Congress, becoming the sixth-longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history; he was the longest-serving African American member of Congress. Conyers was the Dean of the House of Representatives. By the end of his last term, he was the last remaining member of Congress who had served since the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.

After serving in the Korean War, Conyers became active in the civil rights movement. He also served as an aide to Congressman John Dingell before winning election to the House in 1964. He co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969 and established a reputation as one of the most liberal members of Congress. Conyers joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus after it was founded in 1991. Conyers supported creation of a single-payer healthcare system and sponsored the United States National Health Care Act. He also sponsored a bill to establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday. Conyers ran for Mayor of Detroit in 1989 and 1993, but he was defeated in the primary each time.

Conyers served as the ranking Democratic member on the House Committee on the Judiciary from 1995 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2017. He served as chairman of that committee from 2007 to 2011 and as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee from 1989 to 1995. In the wake of allegations that he had sexually harassed female staff members and secretly used taxpayer money to settle a harassment claim, Conyers announced his resignation from Congress on December 5, 2017.

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referencedIn Dade, Malcolm,. Oral history interview with Malcolm Dade, 1969. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Photographs of the White House Photograph Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photograph of President William J. Clinton Shaking Hands with Representative John Conyers, Jr.
referencedIn Begle, Howell, 1944-. Howell Begle collection, 1949-2008. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 7 (Detroit, Mich.). UAW Local 7 records, 1938-1978, (bulk 1940-1965). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Detroit Coalition to End the War Now!. Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! records, 1970-1973. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Negatives Collection, 1930-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789 - 2015. Bill Files, 1903 - 1968 National Archives at Washington, D.C
referencedIn Records of the Office of Communications (Clinton Administration), 1993 - 2001. Don Baer's Files, 1994 - 1997 William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Cruse, Harold. Papers, 1943-1994 (bulk 1970-1985). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Williams, Wallace C., 1921-. Wallace C. Williams photograph series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Conyers, John, 1929-. John Conyers : commercials , 1989 University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Vol. IV (ff. 214). C.includes:f. 1 Lawrence Cole, Secretary to the Society for promoting English Protestant Schools in Ireland: Letter to T. Birch: 1745.ff. 2, 3 Josiah Colebrooke, FRS: Letters to T. Birch: 1750, 1751.ff. 4-9 Arthur Collins, d ... British Library
referencedIn Leon H. Keyserling Papers. 1923 - 1989. Speech and Article Files
referencedIn Lafferty, James T., 1938-. James Lafferty papers, 1969-1973. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn New Democratic Coalition of New York. Records, 1960-1978. Rutgers University
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Al Fishman Papers Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Baker, Edward L., 1906-1987. Papers of Edward L. Baker, 1914-1954. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Crockett, George W.,. Oral history interview with George W. Crockett, Jr., 1968. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Conyers, John, 1929-. Correspondence from Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1979. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005. Rosa L. Parks papers, 1955-1976. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Detroit Branch. NAACP Detroit Branch records, 1943-1970. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Bond, Julian, 1940-. Julian Bond papers [manuscript], circa 1943-2006. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Harold Cruse Papers, Bulk, 1970-1985, 1943-1994, (Bulk 1970-1985) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Ball, Robert M. (Robert Myers), 1914-2008. Robert M. Ball papers, 1935-2007. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Southern Elections Fund. Papers, 1965-1975 of the Fund and of the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Julian Bond [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Conyers, John, 1929-. Julian Bond papers [manuscript], 1968-2009. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wallace C. Williams Papers, 1958-1992 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Cox, James F., 1959-. Research files on slavery reparations for articles published in USA Today [manuscript], 1776-2002 (bulk 1997-2002.). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn G. Mennen Williams papers, 1883-1988, (Bulk 1958-1980) Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Cox, James F., 1959-. Research files on slavery reparations for articles published in USA Today [manuscript], 1835-2002 (bulk 1997-2002.) University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn William D. Ford Papers, 1955-1995, 1965-1995 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
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Detroit MI US
Highland Park MI US
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Army officers
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Birth 1929-05-16

Death 2019-10-27

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