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James Henry MacLAFFERTY

(1871-1937)

MacLAFFERTY, James Henry, a Representative from California; born in San Diego, Calif., February 27, 1871; moved with his parents to Oakland, Calif., in 1874, to Eugene, Oreg., in 1880, to Astoria, Oreg., in 1883, and to Tacoma, Wash., in 1884; attended the public schools; entered the lumber business in Tacoma and continued the same in Seattle until 1889; engaged in the wholesale paper business at Chicago in 1899; returned to the Pacific coast in 1900 and settled in Oakland, Calif.; worked as a traveling salesman and in the paper business; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John A. Elston; reelected to the Sixty-eighth Congress and served from November 7, 1922, to March 3, 1925; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress; assistant to Secretary of Commerce from March 24, 1925, until August 31, 1927; resumed business activities in Oakland, Calif.; served as vice president of the Pacific American Steamship Association and of the Shipowners’ Association of the Pacific Coast; died in Oakland, Calif., June 9, 1937, and the remains were cremated.

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

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