James McLachlan

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James McLachlan

James McLachlan (August 1, 1852 – November 21, 1940) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Born in Argyllshire, Scotland, McLachlan immigrated to the United States in 1855 with his parents, who settled in Tompkins County, New York. Reared on a farm and attended the public schools. He taught in the public schools.

McLachlan was elected school commissioner of Tompkins County, New York, in 1877. He was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 1878. He studied law. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of New York in 1880. Practiced in Ithaca, New York from 1881 to 1888. He moved to Pasadena, California, in 1888, and there continued the practice of law. He served as district attorney of Los Angeles County 1890–1892.

In 1894 McLachlan was elected as a Republican to the United States House, defeating Democrat George S. Patton, Sr. He served in the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

McLachlan was elected to the Fifty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1911). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession in Los Angeles, California, served as a member of the National Monetary Commission in 1911 and 1912. He died in Los Angeles, California, November 21, 1940. He was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marion Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

1895–1897
Succeeded by
Charles A. Barlow
Preceded by
Russell J. Waters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

1901–1903
Succeeded by
James C. Needham
Preceded by
James C. Needham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district

1903–1911
Succeeded by
William D. Stephens

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