Henry J. Latham

Henry Jepson Latham (December 10, 1908 – June 26, 2002) was an American attorney, politician, and jurist from New York.

Henry Latham
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Justice of the New York Supreme Court
In office
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
Preceded byL. Gary Clemente
Succeeded byFrank J. Becker
Constituency4th district
In office
Preceded byJoseph L. Pfeifer
Succeeded bySeymour Halpern
Constituency3rd district
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 3rd district
In office
Preceded byDaniel E. Fitzpatrick
Succeeded byWilliam F. Bowe
Personal details
Henry Jepson Latham

December 10, 1908
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 26, 2002 (aged 93)
Southold, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationSt. John's College (LLB)
Brooklyn Law School (LLM)
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early life and educationEdit

He was born on December 10, 1908, in Brooklyn. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School and completed a law degree at St. John's College in 1931. He practiced law in New York City, and later received an LL.M. from Brooklyn Law School.


A Republican, he was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 4th D.) in 1941 and 1942. In 1942 Latham joined the United States Navy, became a pilot, and served in the Pacific Theater until February, 1945, afterwards serving as a member of the United States Navy Reserve.

In 1944 he ran for the U.S. House in absentia and won. He was reelected six times, and served in the 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th and 85th United States Congresses. He held office from January 3, 1945, to December 31, 1958, when he resigned to go on the bench. Latham voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[1]

A conservative with a strong anti-communist stance, Latham served on the United States House Committee on Rules, and advocated increasing the size and capability of the United States Armed Forces. He also favored providing arms to Taiwan, then known as Formosa, so it could fight the Communist government of China.

Latham was a justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1959 to 1978.


He died on June 26, 2002, in Southold, New York and was buried at Saint Patricks Cemetery in Southold.[2]


  1. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.
  2. ^ "Henry J. Latham, 93, Queens Congressman". The New York Times. 2002-06-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-26.