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James Michael Hanley (July 19, 1920 – October 16, 2003) represented New York in the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1981.

James Michael Hanley
James M Hanley.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byR. Walter Riehlman
Succeeded byGeorge C. Wortley
Constituency34th district (1965–71)
35th district (1971–73)
32nd district (1973–81)
Personal details
Born(1920-07-19)July 19, 1920
Syracuse, New York
DiedOctober 16, 2003(2003-10-16) (aged 83)
Geddes, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rita Ann Harrington (married 1950)
ResidenceSyracuse, New York
Alma materSt. Lucy's Academy
(Syracuse, New York)
OccupationFuneral Director


James M. Hanley was born in Syracuse, New York, on July 19, 1920. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Lucy's Academy in 1938. He was a funeral director, and the owner and operator of the Callahan-Hanley-Mooney Funeral Home.[1]

Hanley enlisted for World War II and served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946.[2]

In 1964 he was a successful Democratic candidate for a seat in Congress. He served eight terms, 1965 to 1981, and was Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in his final term. During his Congressional career, Hanley was known as a liberal, and supported the Great Society program of Lyndon B. Johnson, expansion of Medicare and Head Start, and the Equal Rights Amendment.[3]

Hanley did not run for reelection in 1980. He worked as a government relations consultant in the Washington, D.C. area until 1990, afterwards retiring to upstate New York.[4]

He died in Geddes, New York, on October 16, 2003, and was buried at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.[5][6][7]

The federal building in Syracuse is named for him.[8]


  1. ^ Williams Press, The New York Red Book, 1977, page 1070
  2. ^ U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, entry for James M. Hanley, retrieved December 16, 2013
  3. ^ "James Hanley, 83; Congressman Was Liberal Democrat", Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2003
  4. ^ Terrance Kivalan (February 13, 1981), Newhouse News Service, "Hanley Joins Law Firm", Syracuse Herald-Journal
  5. ^ Eric Pace (October 27, 2003), James M. Hanley, 83, Dies; Served 8 Terms in Congress, The New York Times
  6. ^ U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2013, entry for James M. Hanley, retrieved December 16, 2013
  7. ^ U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006, entry for James M. Hanley, retrieved December 16, 2013
  8. ^ James T. Walsh, United States House of Representatives, Tribute to Former Congressman James M. Hanley, February 10, 2004

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "James M. Hanley (id: H000158)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • James M. Hanley at Find a Grave
  • James M. Hanley at Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
R. Walter Riehlman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
John H. Terry
Preceded by
Samuel S. Stratton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 35th congressional district

Succeeded by
Barber B. Conable, Jr.
Preceded by
Alexander Pirnie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

Succeeded by
George C. Wortley