James A. Shanley

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James A. Shanley (1939)

James Andrew Shanley (born April 1, 1896 in New Haven , Connecticut , †  April 4, 1965 ) was an American politician . Between 1935 and 1943 he represented the third constituency of the state of Connecticut in the US House of Representatives .


James Shanley attended the public schools of his home country and then until 1917 the Battery Commander School in Fort Sill ( Arkansas ). During the First World War he was a lieutenant in an artillery unit in the US Army in 1917 and 1918 . He was later from 1923 to 1935 as a captain reservist in the artillery. After the war he studied at Yale University until 1920 . From 1920 to 1934 Shanley worked as a math teacher, first in New Jersey until 1921 and then in New Haven. From 1926 to 1928 he worked in New Haven for the local Boys Club as a teacher and sports coach. After studying law at Yale University and being admitted to the bar in 1928, he began working in his new profession in New Haven. From 1929 to 1935 Shanley was also an officer in his state's National Guard .

Shanley was a member of the Democratic Party . Between 1931 and 1935 he was on the advisory board of Governor Wilbur L. Cross . In the 1934 congressional elections, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the third district of Connecticut . There he took over from Francis T. Maloney on January 3, 1935 . After three re-elections, he was able to complete four legislative terms in Congress by January 3, 1943 . It was during this period that many of the New Deal laws of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration were discussed and passed in Congress. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II also took place during this period .

In the 1942 congressional elections, James Shanley was defeated by Republican Ranulf Compton . After leaving the US House of Representatives, he worked for the Hartford Empire Co. from 1942 to 1946 ; at the same time he held lectures at the Catholic University of America in Washington from 1941 to 1945 . He then returned to practice as a lawyer before being appointed probate judge in 1949. He held this office until his death in 1965.

Web links

  • James A. Shanley in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)