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James A. Roe, New York Congressman.

James A. Roe (July 9, 1896 – April 22, 1967) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Roe was born in Flushing, Queens. He graduated from the Army's School of Military Aeronautics at Cornell University in 1917, and served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War I.

During the war he met Margaret Farrell, whom he married in 1920.

After the war he worked as a real estate and insurance broker, became involved in contracting and engineering business, and was on the board of directors of the Flushing National Bank.

He was chairman of the Queens County Democratic Committee from 1939 until 1952, and was a delegate to the National Democratic conventions in 1940, 1948 and 1960.

He rejoined the Army for World War II, commissioned as a major in the Corps of Engineers. He served until January 1945, when he was discharged as a lieutenant colonel so he could take his seat in Congress. Roe was elected to Congress in 1944 and served from January 3, 1945 until January 3, 1947.

After leaving Congress he resumed his former business interests. Roe died in Hollywood, Florida on April 22, 1967 and was buried at Mount Saint Mary Cemetery in Flushing.

Roe's son James A. Roe, Jr. was an attorney and judge who served as a justice of the New York Supreme Court before his death in 1968.


  • James A. Roe at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James J. Heffernan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert Tripp Ross

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