James Robert Mann (Illinois)

James Robert Mann (Illinois)

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James Robert Mann (October 20, 1856 – November 30, 1922) was an American legislator and U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1897–1922. He was a member of the Republican party, and served as House Minority Leader from 1911 to 1919.

Early life

James Robert Mann was born near Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois on October 20, 1856. Mann attended University of Illinois at Urbana and graduated in 1876. He graduated from Union College of Law in 1881 and became a lawyer in Chicago. Mann held several local political offices before serving in the House of Representatives.


Professional life

He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1881 and commenced his practice in Chicago. He held several local offices before being elected as a congressman:
  • Member of the Oakland Board of Education in Chicago (1887)
  • Attorney for Hyde Park and the South Park commissioners of Chicago
  • Chairman of the Illinois State Republican convention (1894)
  • Member of the City Council of Chicago (1892–1896)
  • Master in chancery of the Superior Court of Cook County
  • Chairman of the Republican county conventions at Chicago (1895, 1902)
  • Elected as Republican (1896) to the 55th Congress with 13 successive terms

Service in the House

  • Chairman, Committee on Elections No. 1 (58th – 60th Congresses)
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