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Arthur Monroe Free (January 15, 1879 – April 1, 1953) was a United States Representative from California. He was born in San Jose, California. He graduated from Stanford University in 1901 and from its law department in 1903. That same year, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in San Jose. He moved to Mountain View and was a city attorney from 1904 to 1910. He was the District Attorney of Santa Clara County from 1907 to 1919. He voluntarily retired and resumed the practice of law in San Jose. [1]

Arthur M. Free
Member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 8th congressional district
In office
March 4th, 1921 – March 3rd, 1933
Personal details
BornJanuary 15th, 1879
San Jose, California
DiedApril 1st, 1953
San Jose, California
Resting placeOak Hill Memorial Park
Spouse(s)Mabel Free
Alma materStanford University

Free was a delegate to the Republican state conventions in 1914 and from 1920 to 1936. He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. He resumed the practice of law in San Jose, where he died in 1953. He was buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park. [1]

In Congress he served on several committees, notably the House Merchant and Marine Fisheries Committee, and the House Immigration and Naturalization Committee. [2] He was known for successfully introducing and championing the federal statue that created Moffett Federal Airfield. [3] In 1929, Free wrote a short book about Herbert Hoover. [4]

Arthur's son Lloyd A. Free was a founder of the Institute for International Social Research.

The Arthur Monroe Free House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cottage in Mountain View that Free purchased in 1894 is now the home of the Michelin Star Restaurant, Chez TJ. [3]


  1. ^ a b "FREE, Arthur Monroe - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  2. ^ "ARTHUR MONROE FREE |". Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  3. ^ a b "Duke and George went across the US to visit Congressman Arthur M. Free. Who was he? - Parks and Recreation - County of Santa Clara". Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  4. ^ Free, Arthur Monroe (1929). Herbert Hoover. Press of J. S. Bridges & Company.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hugh S. Hersman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
John J. McGrath