|James M. Barnes|
|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943
|Preceded by||Scott W. Lucas|
|Succeeded by||Sid Simpson|
|Born||January 9, 1899|
|Died||June 8, 1958 (aged 59)|
James Martin Barnes (January 9, 1899 – June 8, 1958) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois and administrative assistant to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.
Barnes graduated from Illinois College in 1921 and Harvard Law School in 1924. He was admitted to the bar in 1924 and practiced in Jacksonville. He was also active in business, and served on the boards of directors of the Ideal Baking Company, the Jacksonville Farm Supply Company and other companies.
Barnes was elected to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1943. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942.
In March, 1943 Barnes was appointed as administrative assistant to President Roosevelt. He continued in the position under President Truman following Roosevelt's death, serving from March 1, 1943, to July 15, 1945. In 1944 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Death and burial
Barnes died in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1958. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 13, Grave 14684-22-23. His gravesite is near the intersections of Farragut and Wilson Drives.
- Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Blue Book, 1941, page 55
- Durward Howes, editor, Who's Who Among the Young Men of the Nation, Volume 2, 1936, page 33
- John Leonard Conger, William Edgar Hull, editors, History of the Illinois River Valley, Volume 3, 1932, page 85
- Chicago Tribune, Obituary, James M. Barnes, June 9, 1958
- Chicago Tribune, Illinois G.O.P. Wins Four More Congress Posts, November 5, 1942
- Chicago Tribune, Downstate Lame Duck Appointed Roosevelt Aide: Ex-Rep. Barnes Gets $10,000 Job, March 4, 1943
- Associated Press, Dubuque Herald, Still Awaiting FDR's Views on Vice President, July 16, 1944
- Associated Press, Lewiston Tribune, Ex-Congressman Dead, June 9, 1958
- Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 34, 1946, page 27
- New York Times, James Barnes, Ex-Representative, Dies; Lawyer in Capital Was Roosevelt Aide, June 9, 1958
- Arlington National Cemetery, Burial record, James Martin Barnes, accessed August 15, 2013
- James M. Barnes (politician) at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- James M. Barnes (politician) at Find a Grave
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
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Scott W. Lucas
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from Illinois's 20th congressional district
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