James M. Tunnell
James Miller Tunnell (August 2, 1879 – November 14, 1957) was an American lawyer and politician from Georgetown, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, and served as U.S. Senator from Delaware.
|James M. Tunnell|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947
|Preceded by||John G. Townsend, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||John J. Williams|
August 2, 1879|
Clarksville, Delaware, U.S.
November 14, 1957 (aged 78)|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Ethel Dukes|
|Residence||Georgetown, Delaware, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Franklin College|
Early life and familyEdit
Professional and political careerEdit
Tunnell taught in the public schools, eventually becoming principal of the schools at Frankford, Selbyville and Ocean View, Delaware. Meanwhile, he studied the law, was admitted to the Bar in 1907 and began a practice in Georgetown, Delaware. He was president of the Georgetown Board of Education from 1919 until 1932. Tunnell was also a banker and owned and operated a number of farms in Sussex County, Delaware.
Tunnell first ran for a seat in the United States Senate in 1924, but was defeated by Republican T. Coleman du Pont, a former Senator. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1940, this time defeating the incumbent Republican Senator John G. Townsend, Jr. During this term, he served with the Democratic majority in the 77th, 78th, and 79th Congress. He was chairman of the Committee on Pensions in the 78th and 79th Congress. Tunnell lost his bid for a second term in 1946 to Republican John J. Williams from Millsboro, Delaware. He served from January 3, 1941, to January 3, 1947, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.
Death and legacyEdit
Tunnell died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is buried in the Blackwater Church Cemetery, near Clarksville, Sussex County, Delaware.
Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Senators are popularly elected and take office January 3 for a six-year term.
|Office||Type||Location||Began office||Ended office||notes|
|U.S. Senator||Legislature||Washington||January 3, 1941||January 3, 1947|
|United States Congress service|
|1941–1943||77th||U.S. Senate||Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt||class 1|
|1943–1945||78th||U.S. Senate||Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt||class 1|
|1945–1947||79th||U.S. Senate||Democratic||Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
|1924||U.S. Senator||James M. Tunnell||Democratic||36,085||41%||T. Coleman du Pont||Republican||52,731||59%|
|1940||U.S. Senator||James M. Tunnell||Democratic||68,294||51%||John G. Townsend, Jr.||Republican||63,799||47%|
|1946||U.S. Senator||James M. Tunnell||Democratic||50,910||45%||John J. Williams||Republican||62,603||55%|
- Carter, Richard B. (2001). Clearing New Ground, The Life of John G. Townsend, Jr. Wilmington, Delaware: The Delaware Heritage Press. ISBN 0-924117-20-6.
- Cohen, Celia (2002). Only in Delaware, Politics and Politicians in the First State. Newark, Delaware: Grapevine Publishing.
- Hoffecker, Carol E. (2000). Honest John Williams. Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press.
- Martin, Roger (1997). Elbert N. Carvel. Wilmington, Delaware: Delaware Heritage Press. ISBN 0-924117-08-7.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Delaware’s Members of Congress
- James M. Tunnell at Find a Grave
- The Political Graveyard
John G. Townsend, Jr.
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Delaware
Served alongside: James H. Hughes, C. Douglass Buck
John J. Williams