Senator Jack B. Tenney - The anti-defamation league & the fight to save America
Jack B. Tenney was born in St. Louis, Missouri. April 1, 1898. At the age of 10 he came to Los Angeles. California and graduated trom the public schools here. He served with the American Ezpeditionary Forces in France in the Adjutant General's Department until May, 1919, and was stationed at Headquarters Western Department, United States Army, San Francisco, until October 2, 1919. Senator Tenney is a talented musician, with piano and organ bis favorite instruments. His "Mexicali Rose" is still a popularly known selection. In 1935 he extended his versatile talents to the practice of law in the Stats of California. He was admitted to practice law in the Federal courts in 1936, and to the Supreme Court ot the United States in 1945.
Elected to the California Legislature as Assemblyman from the 46th Assembly District, Los Angeles County, in 1936, he was re-elected in the primaries In 1938 and 1940. Seeking the Senate seat a four-year term, he won in the 1942 and 1946 primaries. In 1950, he received both nominations. Republican and Democratic, in the primary and received 1,126,157 votes in the General Election in November.
Serving as Chairman of the Senate Fact-finding Committee on Un-American Activities in California, 1941-1949, he was constantly the target ot forces that sought to destroy the documented work of the committee. The prInted reports of the Committee have been generally accepted tor their accumulation of accurate infomation.
Senator Jack B. Tenney