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James Zacharie Spearing (April 23, 1864 – November 2, 1942) was a U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, based in New Orleans.

James Z. Spearing
Member of the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district
In office
April 22, 1924 – March 3, 1931
Preceded byHenry Garland Dupré
Succeeded byPaul H. Maloney
Member of the Orleans Parish School Board
In office
In office
Member of the Louisiana State Board of Education
In office
Personal details
Born(1864-04-23)April 23, 1864
Alto, Cherokee County
Texas, USA
DiedNovember 2, 1942(1942-11-02) (aged 78)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Resting placeMetairie Cemetery in New Orleans
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceNew Orleans, Louisiana
Alma materTulane University Law School

Born in Alto in Cherokee County, Texas, Spearing moved with his parents in 1866 to New Orleans, where he attended public schools. He left school and went to work in 1877. In 1886, he obtained a degree from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. That same year, he was admitted to the bar and began his legal practice in New Orleans.

He served as member of the Orleans Parish School Board from 1908 to 1912 and again from 1916 to 1920 and as president in 1919 and 1920. Between the parish school board terms, he was a member of the Louisiana State Board of Education from 1912 to 1916. He was an alternate delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention, which nominated the Wilson-Marshall ticket, which handily won the electoral votes of Louisiana.

Spearing was elected to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of H. Garland Dupré. He was reelected to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses and served from April 22, 1924, to March 3, 1931. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930. Thereafter, he resumed the practice of law in New Orleans, where he died and is interred at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.


  • United States Congress. "James Z. Spearing (id: S000708)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
H. Garland Dupré
U.S. Representative for
Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

James Zacharie Spearing

Succeeded by
Paul H. Maloney

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