John Newbold Camp

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John Newbold Camp
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1969  January 3, 1975
Preceded by James Vernon Smith
Succeeded by Glenn English
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born May 11, 1908 (1908-05-11)
Enid, Oklahoma
Died September 27, 1987 (1987-09-28) (aged 79)
Enid, Oklahoma
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Vera Overman Camp

Patricia Camp Kay Camp

John III Camp

Steven Richard Camp
Alma mater Phillips University



John Newbold Camp, known as Happy Camp (May 11, 1908 – September 27, 1987) was an American politician and a Republican U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.


Born in Enid, Camp was the son of Minnie C. Newbold and John R. Camp. Because of his pleasant personality as an infant, his father nicknamed him "Happy", and as an adult, the younger Camp legally changed his name so that the jovial word would appear on ballots as he ran for public office. He attended elementary and high schools in Blackwell, Douglas, and Waukomis. He attended Phillips University in Enid. In November 1930 he married Vera Overman, and they had four children: Patricia, Kay, John III, and Steven Richard.[1]


Camp became president of Waukomis State Bank. He served as member of the State of Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1943 to 1963. He served as chairman of the Oklahoma State Board of Public Affairs from 1967 to 1968. He was GOP precinct chairman of the Garfield County Young Republican chairman and Oklahoma committee member.[2]

Elected as a Representative to the Ninety-First and to the two succeeding Congresses, Camp served from January 3, 1969 to January 3, 1975.[3] He was defeated for reelection in 1974, when the Watergate affair contributed to the defeat of dozens of Republican candidates across the country, even though those individuals were not involved in Watergate.


Camp died from a heart attack in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma, on September 27, 1987 (age 79 years, 139 days). He is interred at Waukomis Cemetery, Waukomis, Oklahoma.[4]


  1. "John Newbold Camp". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  2. "John Newbold Camp". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. "John Newbold Camp". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  4. "John Newbold Camp". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James V. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Glenn English
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