James R. Young (Pennsylvania politician)

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James Rankin Young
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903
Preceded by John E. Reyburn
Succeeded by Robert H. Foerderer
Personal details
Born (1847-03-10)March 10, 1847
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died December 18, 1924(1924-12-18) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican

James Rankin Young (March 10, 1847 – December 18, 1924) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. He was the younger brother of fellow journalist John Russell Young.

Early life[edit]

Grave of James Rankin Young at Glenwood Cemetery.

James R. Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Union Army in June 1863 in the Thirty-second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was one of the founders of the Philadelphia Evening Star in 1866. He attended all of the Republican National Conventions from 1864 through 1908. He served as chief of the Washington bureau of the New York Tribune from June 1866 to December 1870. He was chief executive clerk of the United States Senate from December 1873 to March 1879 and again from December 1883 to April 1892. In between he was Chief Clerk of the Department of Justice from September 1882 to December 1883.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

He was elected in 1896 as a Republican to the 55th United States Congress. He was the Chairman of the United States House Committee on Expenditures in the War Department in the 57th United States Congress. He became superintendent of the Dead Letter Office of the Post Office Department from 1905 to 1913, and superintendent of the postal savings depository in Philadelphia until 1915. He was a resident of Washington, D.C., until his death. He was interred at Glenwood Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John E. Reyburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert H. Foerderer