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James George DONOVAN

(1898-1987)

DONOVAN, James George, a Representative from New York; born in Clinton, Worcester County, Mass., December 15, 1898, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge in 1916 and 1917; during the First World War served in the United States Navy as a seaman in 1918; attended Harvard University, 1919-1921, and was graduated from the law school of Columbia University, New York City, in 1924; was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1923 and the New York bar in 1925; commenced the practice of law in New York City in 1925; under-sheriff of New York County 1934-1941; member of the State senate in 1943 and 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second, Eighty-third, and Eighty-fourth Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1957); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law; New York State Director, Federal Housing Administration, 1957; was a resident of New York City until his death there on April 6, 1987; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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