James Kerr (Pennsylvania)

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James Kerr was a Member of the United States House of Representatives and later the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

Kerr was born in Reedsville, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, October 2, 1851; resided in Blair County until 1864; moved to Clearfield in 1867; pursued an academic course. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1869 to 1871.[1] He was also a justice of the peace in 1878; prothonotary for Clearfield County in 1880 and 1883; engaged in the coal and lumber business; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890; during the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses was appointed Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and served from March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1895; resumed business interests; died in New York City October 31, 1908; interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
None
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 28th congressional district

March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
George F. Kribbs
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Edward McPherson
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
Alexander McDowell