James J. P. McShane

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James McShane, left, escorting Meredith, center, to class at the University of Mississippi.

James Joseph Patrick McShane (March 17, 1909 - December 23, 1968) was the former chief United States Marshal during part of the Civil Rights Movement.[1]


He was born in 1909 in New York City.

As head of the Executive Office for U.S. Marshals, he supervised federal agents during the Freedom Rides of 1961, but is most known for his role in leading the federal agents who escorted James Meredith, the first African American student at University of Mississippi in 1962.[2]

Before being a U.S. Marshal, he worked for the Senate's select McClellan Committee, was chief of security and the personal bodyguard for President John F. Kennedy and a New York City Police Department homicide detective.[1]

He died on December 23, 1968, from pneumonia in Alexandria, Virginia.[1]