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James Pinckney POPE

(1884-1966)
Senate Years of Service:
1933-1939
Party:
Democrat

POPE, James Pinckney, a Senator from Idaho; born on a farm near Jonesboro, Jackson Parish, La., March 31, 1884; attended the common schools; graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, La., in 1906 and from the law department of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 1909; admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Boise, Idaho; deputy collector of internal revenue 1916; city attorney of Boise 1916-1917; assistant attorney general of Idaho 1918-1919; member of the board of education of Boise 1924-1929; mayor of Boise 1929-1933, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1933, to January 3, 1939; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938; appointed a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority by President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1939-1951; associated with law firm in Knoxville, Tenn.; member of board of directors, Federal Savings & Loan Association, Knoxville, Tenn.; moved to Alexandria, Va., in 1963, where he resided until his death there on January 23, 1966; interment in Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Sims, Robert C. “James P. Pope, Senator from Idaho.” Idaho Yesterdays 15 (Fall 1971): 9-15.

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

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