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James Alphonsus Hamill (March 30, 1877 – December 15, 1941) was an attorney and American Democratic Party politician. He served as U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 10th (1907–1913) and 12th (1913–1921) Congressional Districts. At the Paris Peace conference of 1919 he served as counsel to the unrecognized Ukrainian delegation. At the time of his death he had been Corporation Counsel of Jersey City for 14 years[1].

James A. Hamill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byCharles F. X. O'Brien
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byAllan Langdon McDermott
Succeeded byEdward W. Townsend
Personal details
Born(1877-03-30)March 30, 1877
Jersey City, New Jersey
DiedDecember 15, 1941(1941-12-15) (aged 64)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic


Hamill was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Saint Peter's College receiving his Bachelor's degree in 1897, and graduated from New York Law School in 1899; He was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey in 1900. Hamill served for four years in the New Jersey General Assembly (1902-1905), two of them as Minority Leader.[2] At the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 he served as counsel to the unrecognized Ukrainian Delegation; He was considered one of the best linguists in Congress, having at his command Greek, Latin, Russian,German and French and was decorated as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his work in French literature[1]. During Eamon de Valera's visit to the United States in 1919, Hamill introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling on President Wilson to refuse to receive Auckland Geddes as Ambassador of both Britain and Ireland, but to receive Dr, Patrick McCartan, who had been sent by the Provisional government of Ireland as the Irish ambassador[3]. Hamill represented Mayor Frank Hague in the free speech case which was instituted in July 1938 by the C.I.O. and the American Civil Liberties Union. He also led Jersey City's fight to recover $14,000,000 in taxes from the railroads[1]. He was married to the former Mary Josephine Mylotte. They had six children[1].

Hamill is interred in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey.


  1. ^ a b c d New York Times Obituary, December 16, 1941
  2. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. J.A. Fitzgerald. 1915. p. 319.
  3. ^ Dave Hannigan, De Valera in America, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, 2008

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allan L. McDermott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 10th congressional district

1907 – 1913
Succeeded by
Edward W. Townsend
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th congressional district

1913 – 1921
Succeeded by
Charles F.X. O'Brien