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  Britt, James J.
NameJames J. Britt
Address Buncombe County
Asheville, North Carolina , United States
Born March 04, 1861
DiedDecember 26, 1939 (78 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 10, 2015 10:49pm
InfoBRITT, James Jefferson, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Unico County, near Johnson City, TN on 3/4/1861; attended the common schools and studied under private tutors; principal of Burnsville (N.C.) Academy 1886-1893; superintendent of the public schools of Mitchell County 1894-1896; headmaster of Bowman Academy, Bakersville, N.C., 1895-1896; deputy collector of internal revenue at Asheville, N.C., 1896-1899; studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Asheville, N.C.

Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1904

Candidate for Presidential Elector (R-NC) 1904

Candidate for U.S. House (R-NC) 1906

Special assistant United States attorney in 1906 and 1907

NC Senate 1909-1911

Special counsel to the Post Office Department, 1909-1910 and to the Attorney General 1910

Third Assistant Postmaster General 1910-1913. After the sinking of the Titanic, Britt drafted a policy on reimbursing owners of postal money orders; the ship went down with an estimated $150,000 in such money orders. [Link]

US House (R-NC) 1915-1917; successfully contested the election of Zebulon Weaver to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 1, 1919-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-sixth Congress in 1918

Delegate to the 1916 Republican National Convention.

Resumed the practice of law in Asheville, N.C.

As a strong supporter of Prohibition, Britt served as chief counsel for the Bureau of Prohibition, Treasury Department, 1922-1932

Republican candidate for chief justice of the supreme court of North Carolina in 1926

Resumed the practice of law in 1933

Member of the National Republican Policy Committee, 1937, which established rules for the 1940 presidential nomination

Died of a heart attack in Asheville NC, 12/26/1939; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

[Link] ; New York Times, 12/27/1939


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  11/02/1926 NC Chief Justice Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  11/05/1918 NC - District 10 Lost 48.34% (-3.33%)
  11/07/1916 NC - District 10 Lost 49.99% (-0.02%)
  11/03/1914 NC - District 10 Won 51.26% (+2.57%)
  11/06/1906 NC - District 10 Lost 48.12% (-3.60%)
  11/08/1904 NC - District 10 Lost 0.00% (-51.69%)