Rorer Abraham JAMES, Congress, VA (1859-1921)


JAMES, Rorer Abraham, a Representative from Virginia; born near Brosville, Pittsylvania County, Va., March 1, 1859; instructed by private tutors; attended Roanoke College; was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1882 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1887; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Danville, Va.; became owner and editor of the Danville Register in 1899 and later purchased the Danville Bee; member of the State house of delegates 1889-1892; served in the State senate 1893-1901; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920; chairman of the fifth district Democratic committee; chairman of the Democratic State committee; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Edward W. Saunders, and reelected to the Sixty-seventh Congress (June 1, 1920-August 6, 1921); died on August 6, 1921, in Danville, Va.; interment in Green Hill Cemetery.

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