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James Russell Leech (November 19, 1888 – February 5, 1952) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

J. Russell Leech
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1927 – January 29, 1932
Preceded byAnderson H. Walters
Succeeded byHoward W. Stull
Personal details
Born(1888-11-19)November 19, 1888
Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 5, 1952(1952-02-05) (aged 63)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Alma materWashington & Jefferson College
University of Pennsylvania Law School


J. Russell Leech was born in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. He attended the Mercersburg Academy, in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1911, and from the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1915. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Ebensburg. During the First World War, he was appointed as a second lieutenant and served with the Seventh Ammunition Train.

Leech was elected as a Republican to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, and Seventy-second Congresses and served until his resignation on January 29, 1932, having been appointed a member of the United States Board of Tax Appeals (now the United States Tax Court) to fill a vacancy. He was reappointed in 1934 and again in 1946, and served on this court until his death in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Interment in Lloyd Cemetery in Ebensburg.


  • United States Congress. "James Russell Leech (id: L000209)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-10
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Anderson H. Walters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Howard W. Stull