James Herron Hopkins

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James Herron Hopkins

James Herron Hopkins (November 3, 1832 – June 17, 1904) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Pittsburgh area in Pennsylvania.

James H. Hopkins was born in Washington, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Washington College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Washington in 1850. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1852 and practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for twenty years. He was also engaged in banking, manufacturing, and mining. For several years he served as vice president of the Pittsburgh chamber of commerce.

Hopkins was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1872. He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876. He was again elected to the Forty-eighth Congress. He served as the chairman of the United States House Committee on Labor during the Forty-eighth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884.

Interstate Commerce[edit]

He introduced the first (successful) bill implementing federal regulations on interstate commerce in 1872.[citation needed] Originally a supporter of such centralized power the oil lobby lead by Standard Oil unsuccessfully fought the measure. Muckracker Ida Tarbell cites Hopkins in many of her works and speeches. [1]

Retirement[edit]

After his time in Congress, he engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.. He died at his summer home at North Hatley, Quebec, Canada, in 1904. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James S. Negley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

1875 - 1877
Succeeded by
Russell Errett
Preceded by
Russell Errett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

1883 - 1885
Succeeded by
James S. Negley