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T. James Tumulty
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957
Preceded by Edward J. Hart
Succeeded by Vincent J. Dellay
Personal details
Born (1913-03-02)March 2, 1913
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died November 23, 1981(1981-11-23) (aged 68)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political party Democratic

Thomas James Tumulty (March 2, 1913, Jersey City, New Jersey – November 23, 1981, Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 14th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1955-1957.


Tumulty was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on March 2, 1913; all four of his grandparents were Irish immigrants.[1] He graduated from Xavier High School and attended Holy Cross University, graduated from Fordham University in 1935, from Seton Hall University in 1938 and from John Marshall Law School in Jersey City in 1938. Tumulty was admitted to the bar in 1940 and commenced the practice of law in Jersey City. He was a professor at Seton Hall in 1940 and 1941 and taught at St. Aloysius High School in Jersey City in 1949 and 1950.

He served in the United States Army as an enlisted man in 1943 and 1944. Tumulty served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1944–1952, serving as minority leader in 1951. He was assistant corporation counsel for Jersey City from 1943–1954, was a delegate to the 1952 Democratic National Convention, and was secretary to the mayor of Jersey City in 1952 and 1953. Famous as a storyteller and also for his 300-pound frame, Tumulty described his time in the army as "I went in as a private and came out as a platoon."[2]

Tumulty was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth Congress, serving in office from January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eighty-fifth Congress.

After leaving Congress, he was special counsel Urban Renewal for Jersey City in 1957, deputy mayor of Jersey City 1958-1960 and resumed the practice of law. He was a judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey from 1967-1972.

Tumulty was a resident of Jersey City until his death there on November 23, 1981. he was interred at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward J. Hart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 14th congressional district

January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957
Succeeded by
Vincent J. Dellay

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