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James Lucius Whitley (May 24, 1872 – May 17, 1959) was an American politician from New York.


Whitley was born in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the law department of Union College in 1898. He served as a sergeant in the Spanish–American War.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Monroe Co., 2nd D.) in 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909 and 1910.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (45th D.) from 1919 to 1928, sitting in the 142nd, 143rd, 144th, 145th, 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th, 150th and 151st New York State Legislatures.

He was elected as a Republican to the 71st, 72nd and 73rd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1929, to January 3, 1935.

He died on May 17, 1959, in Rochester, New York. He was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "James L. Whitley (id: W000420)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • James L. Whitley at Find a Grave
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Charles E. Ogden
New York State Assembly
Monroe County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Simon L. Adler
New York State Senate
Preceded by
George F. Argetsinger
New York State Senate
45th District

Succeeded by
Cosmo A. Cilano
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Meyer Jacobstein
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 38th congressional district

Succeeded by
James P. B. Duffy