James Herron Hopkins
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James Herron Hopkins
James H. Hopkins
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district

March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885
Russell Errett
James S. Negley

March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877
James S. Negley
Russell Errett
Personal details
Born(1831-11-03)November 3, 1831
Washington, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 17, 1904(1904-06-17) (aged 72)
North Hatley, Quebec, Canada
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWashington College

James Herron Hopkins (November 3, 1831 - June 17, 1904) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Pittsburgh area in Pennsylvania.

Education and career

James H. Hopkins was born in Washington, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Washington College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Washington in 1850. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1852 and practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for twenty years. He was also engaged in banking, manufacturing, and mining. For several years he served as vice president of the Pittsburgh chamber of commerce.

Hopkins was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1872. He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876. He was again elected to the Forty-eighth Congress. He served as the chairman of the United States House Committee on Labor during the Forty-eighth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884.

Interstate Commerce

He introduced the first (successful) bill implementing federal regulations on interstate commerce in 1872.[] Originally a supporter of such centralized power the oil lobby led by Standard Oil unsuccessfully fought the measure. Muckraker Ida Tarbell cites Hopkins in many of her works and speeches. [1]

Retirement

After his time in Congress, he engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.. He died at his summer home at North Hatley, Quebec, Canada, in 1904. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Sources

  • United States Congress. "James Herron Hopkins (id: H000775)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard

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