BATTIN, James Franklin

BATTIN, James Franklin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


BATTIN, James Franklin, a Representative from Montana; born in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kans., February 13, 1925; moved with his parents to Montana in November 1929; educated in the public schools of Billings, Mont.; graduated from high school in 1942; enlisted in the United States Navy and served for three years, two and a half years of which were in the Pacific theater; returned to his studies and graduated from Eastern Montana College in Billings, Mont., in 1948; received the degree of Juris Doctor from George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., in 1951; was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Washington, D.C., for about a year; returned to Billings, Mont., in 1952 and continued in law; served as deputy county attorney, secretary-counsel for the City-County Planning Board, assistant city attorney, and city attorney; member of the State house of representatives in 1958 and 1959; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1961, until his resignation February 27, 1969, to become United States district judge for the District of Montana; became chief judge, District of Montana on November 16, 1978; died September 27, 1996.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Michigan
Rare Books

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Margaret Warden Papers, ca. 1944-1987, 1.9 feet. Other authors include James Franklin Battin.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film: 1962, 1 commercial on 1 film reel. A commercial used during the campaign of James Franklin Battin for the 1962 Montana Republican congressional primary.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Battin, James F. "Social Security: The Next Thirty Years." In Republican Papers, edited by Melvin R. Laird, pp. 338-54. New York: Praeger, 1968.

Kelly, Joseph Power. "A Study of the 1960 Primary and General Election Campaigns for the United States House of Representatives in Montana's Second Congressional District." Ph.D. diss., Washington University, 1963.

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