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James Edward Van Zandt (December 18, 1898–January 6, 1986) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvaniamarker.


James Van Zandt was born in Altoona, Pennsylvaniamarker. During the First World War enlisted as an apprentice seaman in the United States Navy and served two years. He was a member of the United States Naval Reserve from 1919 to 1943. He was the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1934 to 1936.

He was elected in 1938 as a Republican to the 76th, 77th, and 78th United States Congresses, and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation September 24, 1943, when he re-entered the service. While a Member of Congress was called to active duty in September 1941 and served until January 1942 with the Pacific Fleet and in escort convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He reentered the service in September 1943 as a lieutenant commander and was assigned to the Pacific area until discharged as a captain in 1946, and retired as rear admiral in United States Naval Reserve in 1959. He was elected to the 80th and to the seven succeeding Congresses. In the 1954 attack on the House of Representatives by Puerto Rican nationalists, he tackled and disarmed one of the shooters. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1962, but was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator. He was a Special Representative of the Governor of Pennsylvania until 1971. He is buried in Arlington National Cemeterymarker.

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