Jacob Falconer

Jacob Alexander Falconer (January 26, 1869 – July 1, 1928) was a one-term congressman from the state of Washington, elected at-large in 1912.

Jacob Falconer
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
10th Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives
In office
January 14, 1907 – January 11, 1909
Preceded byJoseph George Megler
Succeeded byLeo O. Meigs
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 38th district
In office
January 11, 1909 – January 13, 1913
Preceded byT. B. Sumner
Succeeded byJohn E. Campbell
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 48th district
In office
January 9, 1905 – January 11, 1909
Preceded byHerchmer Johnston
Succeeded byJohn E. Campbell
5th Mayor of Everett, Washington
In office
January 1, 1897 – January 1, 1899
Preceded byWilliam C. Cox
Succeeded byJames O. Whitmarsh
Personal details
Born
Jacob Alexander Falconer

(1869-01-26)January 26, 1869
Ontario, Canada
DiedJuly 1, 1928(1928-07-01) (aged 59)
Wingdale, New York
Resting placeSaugatuck Cemetery,
Saugatuck, Michigan.
Nationality United States
Political partyProgressive
Spouse(s)Mabel (Thomson) Falconer
(1869–1957)
ChildrenHarold Falconer (1897–1980)
Robert Falconer (1903–93)
Marjorie Falconer (1907–09)
Alma materBeloit (WI) Academy, 1890
Beloit College (attended)
ProfessionLumber, Construction, Oil

Early yearsEdit

Born in Ontario, Canada, Falconer moved with his parents to Saugatuck, Michigan, in 1873. He attended the public schools, and moved to Washburn, Wisconsin Falconer graduated from Beloit (Wisconsin) Academy in 1890 and later took college work at Beloit College.

Political careerEdit

He moved west in 1894 to Everett, Washington, and was in the lumber business and served as mayor of Everett in 1897 and 1898. Falconer was member of the state legislature (1904–1908), and was speaker of the house during the 1907 session. He served as member of the state senate from 1909 to 1912.

Falconer ran for Congress in one of two new at-large seats Progressive in 1912, as Washington's congressional apportionment grew from three to five seats following the 1910 census. He was elected to the Sixty-third Congress and served for one term (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915), and was an unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for U.S. Senator on the Progressive ticket in 1914. The nomination went to Ole Hanson, who finished third in a five-man general election and was elected mayor of Seattle in 1918.

After politicsEdit

After leaving Washington, D.C., Falconer remained on the East Coast and worked in the ship-brokerage business in New York City from 1915 to 1919. He then moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919 and engaged in road-construction contracting, then to Farmington, New Mexico, in 1925 and was in the oil and gas industry. Falconer died in Wingdale, New York, on July 1, 1928, and was interred in Saugatuck Cemetery in Saugatuck, Michigan.

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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