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William Francis James
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1915 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by William J. MacDonald
Succeeded by Frank Hook
Member of the Michigan Senate

In office
Personal details
Born (1873-05-23)May 23, 1873
Morristown, New Jersey
Died November 17, 1945(1945-11-17) (aged 72)
Arlington, Virginia
Political party Republican
Alma mater Albion College
Occupation Soldier

William Francis James, more often known as W. Frank James, (May 23, 1873 – November 17, 1945) was a soldier and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.


James was born in Morristown, New Jersey and moved with his parents to Hancock, Michigan, in 1876, where he attended the public schools. He attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan, in 1890 and 1891.

James was treasurer of Houghton County, Michigan, 1900–1904, and engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He served as a private in Company F of the Thirty-fourth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish–American War. He was a member of the board of aldermen of Hancock, 1906–1908, and was mayor of Hancock in 1908 and 1909. He was member of the Michigan Senate, 1910–1914.

In 1914, James defeated incumbent Democrat William J. MacDonald to be elected as a Republican from Michigan's 12th congressional district to the 64th United States Congress. He was subsequently re-elected to the nine succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1915 to January 3, 1935. He was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs in the 71st Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 and 1936, losing both times to Democrat Frank E. Hook in the general election.

James died in Arlington, Virginia and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William J. MacDonald
United States Representative for the 12th Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Frank Hook

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