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James J. Heffernan, New York Congressman.

James Joseph Heffernan (November 8, 1888 – January 27, 1967) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


James Joseph Heffernan was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 8, 1888.[1] He graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in 1906 and Pratt Institute in 1908, and became an architect.[2]

He was a leader in Brooklyn's Democratic Party, and was a Delegate to several state and national conventions.

Heffernan served as Brooklyn's Highway Commissioner from 1926 to 1933,[3] and was a Delegate to the 1938 state constitutional convention.

In 1940 he was elected to Congress as a Democrat. He was reelected five times and served from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1953. He did not run for reelection in 1952 and resumed working as an architect.

Heffernan died in Long Branch, New Jersey on January 27, 1967.[4] He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.

His brother William J. Heffernan was also a political figure in Brooklyn.[5]


  1. ^ Georgina Pell Curtis, Benedict Elder, editors, The American Catholic Who's Who, Volume 14, 1961, page 198
  2. ^ Williams Press, The New York Red Book, Volumes 56-59; Volume 63, 1947, page 785
  3. ^ Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Register and Buyers' Guide, 1927, page 117
  4. ^ New York Times, Ex-Rep. James J. Heffernan, Brooklyn Democrat, Dies at 78, January 29, 1967
  5. ^ New York Times, W. J. Heffernan, Brooklyn Leader: Former President of Board of Elections, a Democrat, Dies; Headed Seventh A. D., February 9, 1955


  • United States Congress. "James J. Heffernan (id: H000443)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • James J. Heffernan at Find a Grave
  • James J. Heffernan at Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marcellus H. Evans
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
James A. Roe
Preceded by
Ellsworth B. Buck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Emanuel Celler