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William Francis JAMES

(1873-1945)

JAMES, William Francis, a Representative from Michigan; born in Morristown, Morris County, N.J., May 23, 1873; moved with his parents to Hancock, Mich., in 1876; attended the public schools; student at local college in Albion, Mich., in 1890 and 1891; treasurer of Houghton County, Mich., 1900-1904; engaged in real estate and insurance business; served as a private in Company F of the Thirty-fourth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War; member of the board of aldermen of Hancock 1906-1908; mayor of Hancock 1908 and 1909; member of the State senate 1910-1914; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-January 3, 1935); chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Seventy-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress and for election in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; died in Arlington, Va., November 17, 1945; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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