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James Christopher Healey (December 24, 1909 – December 16, 1981) was a lawyer and Democratic Party political figure in New York. He was most notable for his nine years as a Congressman from a district based in the Bronx.

James C. Healey
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
February 7, 1956 – January 3, 1965
Preceded bySidney A. Fine
Succeeded byJames H. Scheuer
Constituency22nd district (1956–63)
21st district (1963–65)
Personal details
Born(1909-12-24)December 24, 1909
The Bronx, New York
DiedDecember 16, 1981(1981-12-16) (aged 71)
Southampton, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
St. John's University School of Law

Early lifeEdit

He was born in the Bronx.[1] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1933[2] and St. John's University School of Law in 1936.[3] Healey attended the University of Pennsylvania on a track and field scholarship, and was a member of relay teams that set records for the one-mile run.[2] For several years, he was active as an official for the Amateur Athletic Union.[2]

He was an attorney for the New York State Labor Relations Board from 1938 to 1940.[1] He was an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1940 until 1943.[1]

Military serviceEdit

Healey joined the United States Navy for World War II; he served from 1943 to 1946, including assignment to Europe, and attained the rank of lieutenant.[2]

Post-World War IIEdit

From 1946 to 1948, Healey was assistant corporation counsel for the city of New York.[1] From 1948 to 1956, he was counsel to James J. Lyons, the Bronx borough president, and was recognized as a protégé of Bronx Democratic leader Charles A. Buckley.[2][4]

Congressional careerEdit

In 1956, Healey was elected to Congress in a special election held to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sidney A. Fine.[5] He was elected to a full term in 1956, was reelected three times, and served from February 7, 1956 until January 3, 1965.[6] Healey suffered a stroke in 1963;[7] he recovered in time to mount a campaign for reelection in 1964, but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination.[8]

Healey was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1956, 1960, and 1968.[6]

Retirement and deathEdit

In retirement, Healey was a resident of Southampton, New York.[2] He died there on December 16, 1981,[2] and was buried at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery in Southampton.[1]


Healey was married twice; in 1938 he married Eleanor R. Callahan, the daughter of Bronx political figure Joseph M. Callahan.[9] After her death in 1956, Healey married Mollie Allen, who survived him.[2]

With his first wife, Healey was the father of four: James C., John J., Joseph, and Elizabeth Jane Healey Mulvihill.[2]

Healey had two brothers, Thomas M., and Vincent P.; Vincent was a United States Navy officer who retired with the rank of rear admiral.[2]




  • "Eleanor Callahan Married in Church; Daughter of Justice Joseph M. Callahan Is Bride of James C. Healey". New York Times. New York, NY. September 25, 1938.
  • Fitzgerald, Owen (December 1, 1960). "Federation President and 33 Alumni Elected to Congress, Courts and State Legislature". St. John's University Alumni News. Queens, NY. p. 1.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  • "The Boss's Henchman". New York, New York Times. New York, NY. May 26, 1964.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  • Sullivan, Ronald (May 28, 1964). "Schuer Pressing Healey in Bronx". New York Times. New York, NY.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  • Sullivan, Ronald (June 3, 1964). "Schuer Defeats Healey in Bronx". New York Times. New York, NY.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  • "James Healey Dead; An Ex-Congressman from Bronx District". New York Times. New York, NY. December 18, 1981.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)


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