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James A. ROE

(1896-1967)

ROE, James A., a Representative from New York; born in Flushing, Queens County, N.Y., July 9, 1896; attended the public and parochial schools; studied law, engineering, and accounting; was graduated from the United States School of Military Aeronautics, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in August 1917; during the First World War enlisted on September 17, 1917, as a private in the United States Army Air Corps, was promoted to lieutenant and instructor of advanced flying, and was discharged on January 4, 1919; real estate and insurance broker; also interested in the contracting and engineering business; director of Flushing National Bank; chairman of the Democratic County Committee of Queens County 1939-1952; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1940, 1948, and 1960; entered the United States Army in July 1943 with rank of major and was assigned to duty with the Corps of Engineers, and served until January 1945, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel to enter Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Hollywood, Fla., April 22, 1967; interment in Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing, N.Y.

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

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