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James McLachlan (American politician)

James McLachlan (August 1, 1852 – November 21, 1940) was a U.S. Representative from California.

James McLachlan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byMarion Cannon
Succeeded byCharles A. Barlow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byRussell J. Waters
Succeeded byJames C. Needham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byJames C. Needham
Succeeded byWilliam Stephens
Personal details
Born(1852-08-01)August 1, 1852
Argyllshire, Scotland
DiedNovember 21, 1940(1940-11-21) (aged 87–88)
Los Angeles, California
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park
Political partyRepublican

Born in Argyllshire, Scotland, McLachlan immigrated to the United States in 1855 with his parents, who settled in Tompkins County, New York. Reared on a farm and attended the public schools. He taught in the public schools.

McLachlan was elected school commissioner of Tompkins County, New York, in 1877. He was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 1878. He studied law. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of New York in 1880. Practiced in Ithaca, New York from 1881 to 1888. He moved to Pasadena, California, in 1888, and there continued the practice of law. He served as district attorney of Los Angeles County 1890–1892.

In 1894 McLachlan was elected as a Republican to the United States House, defeating Democrat George S. Patton, Sr. He served in the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

McLachlan was elected to the Fifty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1911). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession in Los Angeles, California, served as a member of the National Monetary Commission in 1911 and 1912. He died in Los Angeles, California, November 21, 1940. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "James McLachlan (id: M000532)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marion Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

1895–1897
Succeeded by
Charles A. Barlow
Preceded by
Russell J. Waters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

1901–1903
Succeeded by
James C. Needham
Preceded by
James C. Needham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district

1903–1911
Succeeded by
William D. Stephens

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