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James Grant O'Hara (November 8, 1925 – March 13, 1989) was a soldier and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan, serving as U.S. Representative from 1959 to 1977.

Jim O'Hara
James G. O'Hara.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byJohn B. Bennett
Succeeded byDavid Bonior
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byRobert J. McIntosh
Succeeded byJohn C. Mackie
Personal details
James Grant O'Hara

(1925-11-08)November 8, 1925
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedMarch 13, 1989(1989-03-13) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA, LLB)


Early lifeEdit

O'Hara was born in Washington, D.C.. He moved with his parents to Michigan in 1939 and graduated from University of Detroit High School in 1943. During the Second World War, he served as an enlisted man in the United States Army with Company B, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 11th Airborne Division, seeing action in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

After the war, O'Hara graduated from the University of Michigan in 1954 and from the law department of the same university in 1955. He was admitted to the bar in 1955 and commenced the practice of law in Detroit and Macomb County. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1960 and 1968.

Political careerEdit

In 1958, he defeated incumbent Republican Robert J. McIntosh to be elected as a Democrat to the 86th United States Congress. He was subsequently re-elected to the eight succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1977. He represented Michigan's 7th congressional district from 1959 to 1965 and after redistricting due to the 1960 census, he represented Michigan's 12th congressional district from 1965 to 1977. Both districts were part of the Metro Detroit area.

O'Hara was not a candidate for reelection in 1976, but instead chose to run for a seat in the United States Senate, after Philip Hart chose not to seek re-election. O'Hara lost in the Democratic primary election to Donald W. Riegle Jr., who went on to win in the general election. O'Hara resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. He was a member, and later chairman, Federal Minimum Wage Study Commission, 1978-1981.

Personal lifeEdit

O'Hara was a resident of Hollin Hills near Alexandria, Virginia, until his death at age 63 from lung cancer at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". Retrieved 2009-06-06.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert J. McIntosh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John C. Mackie
Preceded by
John B. Bennett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Bonior