POLITICAL PARTY Democrat
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 60th (1907-1909), 61st (1909-1911), 62nd (1911-1913), 63rd (1913-1915), 64th (1915-1917)
Representative James Thomas MCDERMOTT Biography
McDERMOTT, James Thomas, a Representative from Illinois; born in Grand Rapids, Mich., February 13, 1872; attended the graded schools and St. Andrew’s Cathedral School at Grand Rapids; moved with his parents in 1884 to Detroit, Mich., where he was taught telegraphy; employed in this occupation until 1889, when he moved to Chicago, Ill.; engaged in the retail tobacco business; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1907, until July 21, 1914, when he resigned; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; again elected to the Sixty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1917); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1916; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Chicago, Ill., on February 7, 1938; interment in All Saints Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
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