James Archibald FREAR, Congress, WI (1861-1939)


FREAR, James Archibald, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Hudson, St. Croix County, Wis., October 24, 1861; attended the public schools, and Laurence University, Appleton, Wis., in 1878; moved with his parents to Washington, D.C., in 1879; served in the Signal Service, United States Army, 1879-1884; was graduated from the National Law University, Washington, D.C., in 1884; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Hudson, Wis.; city attorney of Hudson in 1894 and 1895; served eleven years with the Wisconsin National Guard, retiring with the rank of colonel and judge advocate; district attorney of St. Croix County 1896-1901; member of the State assembly in 1903; served in the State senate in 1905; secretary of state of Wisconsin 1907-1913; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the ten succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913-January 3, 1935); was not a candidate for renomination in 1934; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died May 28, 1939; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


Frear, James A. Forty Years of Progressive Public Service. Washington, D. C.: Associated Writers, 1937.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present