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Francis JAMES

(1799-1886)

JAMES, Francis, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Thornbury Township, Chester County, Pa., April 4, 1799; attended the public schools and Gauses’ Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Chester County in 1825 and commenced practice in West Chester, Pa.; member of the State senate 1834-1836; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-sixth Congress and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twenty-seventh Congress); resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, Chester County, Pa.; chief burgess in 1850; died in West Chester, Pa., January 4, 1886; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

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

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