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James Roy Rowland, Jr. (born February 3, 1926) is an American politician and physician from Georgia.

J. Roy Rowland
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byBilly Lee Evans
Succeeded bySaxby Chambliss
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1926-02-03) February 3, 1926 (age 93)
Wrightsville, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSouth Georgia College
University of Georgia
Medical College of Georgia

Rowland attended Wrightsville High School and graduated in 1943. He then attended Emory University at Oxford, Georgia in 1943, South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia in 1946 and the University of Georgia in Athens from 1946 to 1948. Rowland earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in 1952. His education was obtained around his service in the United States Army during World War II as a sergeant from 1944 to 1946. He was a practicing physician from 1952 to 1982.

Rowland served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1976 through 1982. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982 when he defeated fellow Democrat Billy Lee Evans, who had accepted illegal campaign contributions.[1] Rowland served six terms in Congress, from January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1995, and did not seek renomination in 1994.

The J. Roy Rowland Federal Courthouse in Dublin, Georgia, built in 1935, was renamed for him.


  1. ^ Michael Barone and Grant Ujifusa (1991). The Almanac of American Politics 1992. Washington, D.C.: National Journal. pp. 320–321. ISBN 0-89234-051-7.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Billy Lee Evans
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th congressional district

January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Succeeded by
Saxby Chambliss