John Emmett Lyle, Jr., Congressman, was a third generation Texan born on September 4, 1910, in Boyd, Texas. Lyle studied law and attended the Junior College at Wichita Falls, the University of Texas (working as a night watchman in the Capitol basement), and the Houston Law School at night. He was admitted to the bar in 1934, and entered private practice in Corpus Christi. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (1941-1944), but spent most of his term in the United States Army (1942-1944). When Lyle won the Democrat primary on July 22, 1942, he was on active duty as captain of artillery in Italy. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and the four succeeding Congresses (1945-1955). He was later appointed to the Federal Council on Aging in 1994, died on November 11, 2003, in Houston, Texas and interred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.