James Martin Barnes – Private, United States Marine Corps Member of Congress – Assistant to the President

Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives

Representative from Illinois; born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, January 9, 1899; attended the public schools; during the First World War served overseas as a Private in the United States Marine Corps in 1918 and 1919; was graduated from Illinois College at Jacksonville in 1921 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1924; was admitted to the bar in 1924 and commenced the practice of law in Jacksonville, Ill.; served as county judge of Morgan County, Ill., 1926-1934; resumed the practice of law 1934-1939; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; appointed administrative assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 1, 1943, and served until July 15, 1945; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died June 8, 1958; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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