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James Pinckney Pope

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Jonesboro, Jackson, LA, USA
Death: January 23, 1966 (81)
Alexandria, Alexandria, VA, USA
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Son of Jesse T. Pope and Lou Cynden Pope

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About James P. Pope, U.S. Senator


James Pinckney Pope (March 31, 1884 – January 23, 1966) was a mayor of Boise, Idaho, and a United States Senator from Idaho.

Life and career

Pope graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1906 and from the law department of the University of Chicago in 1909. He then moved to Boise, Idaho, to practice law, and served as city attorney of Boise, assistant attorney general of Idaho, and a member of the board of education of Boise.

Pope served as mayor of Boise from 1929 to 1933. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1932, defeating Republican incumbent John W. Thomas. From 1934-36, Pope was a member of the Nye Committee. In 1938, he was defeated for renomination in the Democratic primary by Congressman D. Worth Clark.

In 1939, Pope was appointed a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served in that capacity until 1951. He continued to practice law and serve on several boards in Tennessee after that.

Pope is buried in Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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James P. Pope, U.S. Senator's Timeline

March 31, 1884
Jonesboro, Jackson, LA, USA
January 23, 1966
Age 81
Alexandria, Alexandria, VA, USA