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James William ROBINSON

(1878-1964)

ROBINSON, James William, a Representative from Utah; born in Coalville, Summit County, Utah, January 19, 1878; attended public schools; graduated from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and from the law school of the University of Chicago in 1912; principal of Uinta Academy, Vernal, Utah, and of the Wasatch High School, Heber, Utah; admitted as member of the bar of the State of Utah in 1912; engaged in practice of law in Provo, Utah County, Utah, 1912-1933; county attorney of Utah County 1918-1921; Democratic candidate for attorney general of Utah in 1924; member of the board of regents of the University of Utah 1925-1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1947); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses), Committee on Roads (Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; served as director of grazing in the Office of Land Management, Interior Department, Washington, D.C., from January 3, 1947, to January 31, 1949; returned to Salt Lake City, Utah; died in Escondido, Calif., December 2, 1964; interment in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah.

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

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