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McLACHLAN, James, a Representative from California; born in Argyllshire, Scotland, August 1, 1852; immigrated to the United States in 1855 with his parents, who settled in Tompkins County, N.Y.; reared on a farm and attended the public schools; taught in the public schools; elected school commissioner of Tompkins County, N.Y., in 1877; was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1878; studied law; was admitted to practice before the supreme court of New York in 1880; practiced in Ithaca, N.Y., 1881-1888; moved to Pasadena, Calif., in 1888, and there continued the practice of law; district attorney of Los Angeles County 1890-1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected to the Fifty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; resumed the practice of his profession in Los Angeles, Calif., served as a member of the National Monetary Commission in 1911 and 1912; died in Los Angeles, Calif., November 21, 1940; interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department

San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Henry Z. Osborne papers, 1878-1924, 767 pieces. Significant correspondents include James McLachlan. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

University of California
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Letters from California Congressmen Concerning the Passage of the Telepost Bill, [1909-1910], 1 portfolio. The papers include letters from James McLachlan.
Papers: In the Allen Sherman papers, ca. 1872-1971, 2.1 linear feet. Other authors include James McLachlan. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
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