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James Walter ELDER

(1882-1941)

ELDER, James Walter, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Grand Prairie, Dallas County, Tex., October 5, 1882; attended the public schools, and Baylor University, Waco, Tex., 1895-1901; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Farmerville, Union Parish, La.; mayor of Farmerville, La.; moved to Monroe, Ouachita Parish, and continued the practice of his profession; member of the State senate 1908-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1914; returned to the practice of law in Farmerville, La., until January 1, 1925; moved to Ruston, La., and continued the practice of law until his death on December 16, 1941; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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