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James Michael Mead (December 27, 1885 - March 15, 1964) represented New York in the United States Senate from 1938 until 1947.

Born in Mount Morris, Livingston County, New Yorkmarker, Mead moved to Buffalomarker with his family at the age of four. He served on the Erie County, New Yorkmarker Board of Supervisors (County Council) in 1914, then represented New York’s 4th District in the State Assembly from 1915-1918.

In 1918, Mead defeated incumbent Republican congressman William Frederick Waldow for New York’s 42nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He held the seat from 1919 to 1938. Mead left the house after defeating Republican Edward F. Corsi in 1938 to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant after Royal S. Copeland died in office. He was re-elected in 1940, defeating two-term Republican Congressman Bruce Barton.

Mead was the Democratic candidate for Governor of New York in 1946, losing to Republican incumbent Thomas Dewey. After his defeat, Mead served on the Federal Trade Commission from 1949 to 1955.

Mead was a New York delegate to Democratic National Convention in every presidential election year from 1936 to 1952. In 1937, the Works Progress Administration built what would eventually become the James Mead Library in Senator Mead’s hometown of Buffalo, New Yorkmarker.

Mead died in Lakeland, Polk County, Floridamarker and was buried at Oakhill Cemetery in Clermont, Floridamarker.

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Year
Office
Subject
Party
Votes
%
Opponent
Party
Votes
%
1918
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
Won
William Frederick Waldow
Republican
Lost
1920
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
22,869
48.3%
C. Hamilton Cook
Republican
21,224
44.9%
1922
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
25,070
61.9%
Louis F. Schwendler
Republican
12,494
30.9%
1924
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
28,152
50.1%
Richard S. Persons
Republican
25,236
44.9%
1926
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
28,873
52.6%
John Buno McGrath
Republican
19,362
35.3%
1928
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
44,373
55.1%
C. Hamilton Cook
Republican
31,785
39.5%
1930
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
33,195
65.6%
Frank A. Dorn
Republican
16,072
31.8%
1932
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
51,516
62.0%
Henry Adsit Bull
Republican
30,230
36.4%
1934
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
49,251
61.6%
Walter J. Lohr
Republican
26,036
32.6%
1936
U.S. Representative, New York 42nd District
James M. Mead
Democratic
57,132
56.4%
Eugene D. Crooker
Republican
32,395
32.0%
1938
U.S. Senator from New York
James M. Mead
Democratic
2,438,904
50.7%
Edward F. Corsi
Republican
2,083,666
43.3%
1940
U.S. Senator from New York
James M. Mead
Democratic
3,274,766
49.9%
Bruce Barton
Republican
3,027,478
46.1%
1946
Governor of New York
James M. Mead
Democratic
Lost
Thomas E. Dewey
Republican
Won

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