James P. Maher

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James P. Maher.

James Paul Maher (November 3, 1865 – July 31, 1946) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Maher graduated from St. Patrick's Academy in Brooklyn. Apprenticed to the hatter's trade, he moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1887 and was employed as a journeyman hatter. He became treasurer of the United Hatters of North America in 1897.

Maher returned to Brooklyn in 1902. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-first Congress in 1908. Maher was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1921). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress.

Maher entered the real estate business in Brooklyn, moved to Keansburg, New Jersey, and continued in real estate. He was elected mayor of Keansburg in 1926.

Maher died in Keansburg on July 31, 1946. He is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Keyport, New Jersey.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Otto G. Foelker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Frank E. Wilson
Preceded by
William C. Redfield
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Johnston
Preceded by
John J. Delaney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Michael J. Hogan

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.