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James Zacharie SPEARING

(1864-1942)

SPEARING, James Zacharie, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Alto, Cherokee County, Tex., April 23, 1864; moved with his parents to New Orleans, La., in 1866; attended the public schools; left school and went to work in 1877; was graduated from the law department of Tulane University, New Orleans, La., in 1886; was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in New Orleans; member of the Orleans Parish school board 1908-1912; member of the State board of education 1912-1916; again a member of the Orleans Parish school board 1916-1920, serving as president in 1919 and 1920; alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of H. Garland Dupré; reelected to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses and served from April 22, 1924, to March 3, 1931; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930; resumed the practice of law in New Orleans, La., where he died November 2, 1942; interment in Metairie Cemetery.

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

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