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James Vincent Stanton (born February 27, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

James Vincent Stanton
James V. Stanton 93rd Congress 1973.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byMichael A. Feighan
Succeeded byMary Rose Oakar
Personal details
Born (1932-02-27) February 27, 1932 (age 87)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePotomac, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Dayton
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Harvard Business School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1950–1954
Battles/warsKorean War

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stanton graduated from Holy Name High School in 1949 and then served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954, during the Korean War. He earned an A.B. from the University of Dayton in 1958, and a J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1961. He became a member of the Ohio bar association that year, and went into private practice.

Stanton served as a member of the Cleveland city council from 1959 to 1970, serving as president from 1964 to 1970. He was then elected as a Democrat to the 92nd and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977). In his last Congress, he was instrumental in getting House Doorkeeper William "Fishbait" Miller defeated by the House Caucus and installed his friend and protégé James Molloy in Miller's place. Molloy kept the office until it was abolished in 1995.

Stanton was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1976, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate. He supported the man who bested him in the primary, Howard Metzenbaum. Though he had been instrumental in that body in a few years, he tired of the slow progress a member encountered in gaining stature in such a body.

After his political career, Stanton resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. from 1977 to 1981. He served as executive vice president of Delaware North Companies in Buffalo, New York, from 1981 to 1988. He went on to earn an A.M.P. from Harvard University Business School in 1984. He is a resident of Potomac, Maryland.

In the 2012 election, he endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney over his party's nominee President Barack Obama.[1]


  • United States Congress. "James V. Stanton (id: S000803)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2010-01-02
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack P. Russell
President of Cleveland City Council
Succeeded by
Anthony Garofoli
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Michael A. Feighan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mary Rose Oakar