James Lemon

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James H. Lemon, Sr.
Born James Hanson Lemon
(1903-05-14)May 14, 1903
Washington, D.C.
Died July 20, 1977(1977-07-20) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University (B.S. 1925)
Occupation businessman, investment banker
Known for Co-owner/president of the Washington Senators from 1963 to 1967, chairman of the board, 1968
Spouse(s) Martha Lane McGchee
Children James Hanson Lemon, Jr.

James Hanson Lemon, Sr. (May 14, 1903 – July 20, 1977) was an investment banker from Washington, D.C.. He is best known as the co-owner of the Washington Senators of the American League with James Johnston from 1963 through 1967, and the principal owner and chairman of the board in 1968.[1] Lemon was born in Washington, D.C. in 1903.[2] He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Princeton University in 1925.[3]

During the 1930s, Lemon was well known in the world of contract bridge, serving as president of the Washington Bridge League[4] and, in 1939, of the American Contract Bridge League.[5]

In 1963, Johnston and Lemon purchased the Senators franchise from Elwood Richard Quesada. After purchasing Johnston's share of the team in 1967, Lemon sold the franchise to Bob Short in 1968. Lemon remained with the Senators as chairman of the board, retaining a minority interest in the team.[6] Short later moved the Senators to Arlington, Texas, where they became the Texas Rangers. He was a frequent golf partner of Dwight Eisenhower, who appointed him as a special ambassador to Ghana.[7]

Lemon was not related to Jim Lemon, the field manager on the Senators at the time, c. 1968.[8]

Lemon died in 1977 at Washington, D.C.[9] His wife Martha died on December 21, 1996.[10]


  1. ^ Nashua Telegraph, Wednesday, July 10, 1968, Nashua, New Hampshire
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who, LLC (1977). Who's who in Finance and Industry. [etc.] Marquis Who's Who. ISBN 9780837903200. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  3. ^ Eisenhower, D.D.; Chandler, A.D.; Galambos, L.; Van Ee, D.; United States. President (1953–1961 : Eisenhower) (2001). The papers of Dwight David Eisenhower. Johns Hopkins Press. ISBN 9780801866845. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  4. ^ "WBL Bulletin, July/August 2006" (PDF). districtsix.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  5. ^ List of ACBL Presidents
  6. ^ Deveaux, T. The Washington Senators, 1901–1971. McFarland. p. 239. ISBN 9780786450176. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  7. ^ American Contract Bridge League. The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (5th Edition). p. 676. 
  8. ^ Danville Register, Thursday, January 04, 1968, Danville, Virginia
  9. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1981). Who was who in America. 7. Marquis-Who's Who. ISBN 9780837902104. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  10. ^ "NewsLibrary Search Results". nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2015-04-06.