Representative James Thompson MCCLEARY

YEARS 1853-1924
OFFICE Representative
STATE Minnesota
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 53rd (1893-1895), 54th (1895-1897), 55th (1897-1899), 56th (1899-1901), 57th (1901-1903), 58th (1903-1905), 59th (1905-1907)

Representative James Thompson MCCLEARY Biography

McCLEARY, James Thompson, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, February 5, 1853; was educated at Ingersoll High School and McGill University, Montreal, Canada; engaged as superintendent of the Pierce County (Wis.) schools until 1881 when he resigned; moved to Minnesota and became State institute conductor of Minnesota and professor in the normal school in Mankato, Minn.; president of the Minnesota Educational Association in 1891; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1907); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress; appointed Second Assistant Postmaster General during Theodore Roosevelt’s administration and served from March 29, 1907, until his resignation on September 15, 1908; secretary of the American Iron and Steel Institute in New York City 1911-1920; moved to Maiden Rock, Pierce County, Wis., and engaged in farming; thence to Mill Valley, Calif., and engaged in literary pursuits; returned to Maiden Rock, Wis., in 1924; died in La Crosse, Wis., December 17, 1924; interment in Lakewood Cemetery, Maiden Rock, Wis. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society St. Paul, MN Papers: 1898-1908. 1/2 foot. The collection contains two volumes of letter press books dealing with postal department; also correspondence and miscellany regarding Civil War pensions, patronage, invitations, and manuscripts on monetary policy. Also included are published speeches and writings. A finding aid is available in the repository.


James Thompson MCCLEARY Committee Assignments

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