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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
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's at-large (B) district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Preceded bynone
Succeeded bynone - (Clarence Dill)
Member of the Washington House of Representatives for the 48th district
In office
Member of the Washington State Senate for the 38th district
In office
Personal details
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
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.


External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Jacob Falconer (id: F000009)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Washington Secretary of State – History Makers – Jacob Falconer