James C. Healey

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James C. Healey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
In office
February 7, 1956 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Sidney A. Fine
Succeeded by Jacob H. Gilbert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded by Herbert Zelenko
Succeeded by James H. Scheuer
Personal details
Born (1909-12-24)December 24, 1909
The Bronx, New York
Died December 16, 1981(1981-12-16) (aged 71)
Southampton, New York
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
St. John's University School of Law
Profession Attorney

James Christopher Healey (December 24, 1909 – December 16, 1981) was a lawyer and Democratic Party political figure in New York. He was most notable for his nine years as a Congressman from a district based in the Bronx.

Early life[edit]

He was born in the Bronx.[1] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1933[2] and St. John's University School of Law in 1936.[3] Healey attended the University of Pennsylvania on a track and field scholarship, and was a member of relay teams that set records for the one-mile run.[2] For several years, he was active as an official for the Amateur Athletic Union.[2]

He was an attorney for the New York State Labor Relations Board from 1938 to 1940.[1] He was an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1940 until 1943.[1]

Military service[edit]

Healey joined the United States Navy for World War II; he served from 1943 to 1946, including assignment to Europe, and attained the rank of lieutenant.[2]

Post-World War II[edit]

From 1946 to 1948, Healey was assistant corporation counsel for the city of New York.[1] From 1948 to 1956, he was counsel to James J. Lyons, the Bronx borough president, and was recognized as a protégé of Bronx Democratic leader Charles A. Buckley.[2][4]

Congressional career[edit]

In 1956, Healey was elected to Congress in a special election held to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sidney A. Fine.[5] He was elected to a full term in 1956, was reelected three times, and served from February 7, 1956 until January 3, 1965.[6] Healey suffered a stroke in 1963;[7] he recovered in time to mount a campaign for reelection in 1964, but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination.[8]

Healey was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1956, 1960, and 1968.[6]

Retirement and death[edit]

In retirement, Healey was a resident of Southampton, New York.[2] He died there on December 16, 1981,[2] and was buried at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery in Southampton.[1]

Family[edit]

Healey was married twice; in 1938 he married Eleanor R. Callahan, the daughter of Bronx political figure Joseph M. Callahan.[9] After her death in 1956, Healey married Mollie Allen, who survived him.[2]

With his first wife, Healey was the father of four: James C., John J., Joseph, and Elizabeth Jane Healey Mulvihill.[2]

Healey had two brothers, Thomas M., and Vincent P.; Vincent was a United States Navy officer who retired with the rank of rear admiral.[2]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sidney A. Fine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

1956–1963
Succeeded by
Jacob H. Gilbert
Preceded by
Herbert Zelenko
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

1963–1965
Succeeded by
James H. Scheuer