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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

Early lifeEdit

On August 1, 1852, McLachlan was born in Argyllshire, Scotland.[1] McLachlan immigrated to the United States in 1855 with his parents and settled in Tompkins County, New York. McLachlan worked on a farm and attended the public schools.


In 1878, McLachlan graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. McLachlan studied law.


McLachlan was a teacher in the public schools.

McLachlan was elected school commissioner of Tompkins County, New York, in 1877. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of New York in 1880. McLachlan practiced law in Ithaca, New York from 1881 to 1888.

In 1888, McLachlan continued his law practice in Pasadena, California. In 1890, McLachlan served as District Attorney in Los Angeles County. McLachlan's term ended in 1892.[1]

On November 6, 1894 McLachlan was elected as a Republican to the United States House, defeating Democrat George S. Patton. McLachlan served in the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897).[2] In 1896, McLachlan was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection 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.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1888, McLachlan moved to Pasadena, California. On November 21, 1940, McLachlan died in Los Angeles, California.[1] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "James McLachlan (Republican)". Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "November 6, 1894 General Election". November 6, 1894. Retrieved June 16, 2019.

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