James Patrick McGranery
Captain, United States Army
Member of Congress
Attorney General of the United States
in Philadelphia, on July 8, 1895.
He served as a Member of Congress from Pennsylvnia from January 3, 1937 until November 17, 1943 when he resigned to become Assistant to the Attorney General, where he served until October 9, 1946.
In the latter month, he was sworn in as Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in which capacity he served until May 26, 1952, when he resigned in order to accept appointment as Attorney General of the United States, and office he held until May 27, 1952.
He returned to the general practice of law in Washington, D.C.
He died in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 23, 1962 and was buried in Section 15 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives:
James Patrick, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia,
Pa., July 8, 1895; attended the parochial schools and Maher Preparatory
School, Philadelphia, Pa.; during the First World War served as observation
pilot in the United States Air Force and as adjutant in the One Hundred
and Eleventh Infantry 1917-1919; was graduated from the law department
of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1928; was admitted to the bar
the same year and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; admitted to
practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1939; member of the
Democratic State committee 1928-1932; unsuccessful candidate for election
as district attorney of Philadelphia in 1931 and for election to the Seventy-fourth
Congress in 1934; served as chairman of the Registration Commission of
the city of Philadelphia in 1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth
and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937,
until his resignation on November 17, 1943, to become the assistant to
the Attorney General at Washington, D.C., and served until October
9, 1946, at which time he was sworn in as a United States district judge
for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, in which capacity he served until
May 26, 1952, when he resigned to accept an appointment as Attorney General
of the United States, which office he held from May 27, 1952, until January
20, 1953; returned to the general practice of law in Washington, D.C.,
in 1954; died in Palm Beach, Fla., December 23, 1962; interment in Arlington
National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Va.
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