James M. Hanley

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James Michael Hanley
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Alexander Pirnie
Succeeded by George C. Wortley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 35th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Samuel S. Stratton
Succeeded by Barber B. Conable, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by R. Walter Riehlman
Succeeded by John H. Terry
Personal details
Born (1920-07-19)July 19, 1920
Syracuse, New York
Died October 16, 2003(2003-10-16) (aged 83)
Geddes, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rita Ann Harrington (married 1950)
Children Peter
Residence Syracuse, New York
Alma mater St. Lucy’s Academy
(Syracuse, New York)
Occupation Funeral Director

James Michael Hanley (July 19, 1920 – October 16, 2003) represented New York in the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1981.


James M. Hanley was born in Syracuse, New York on July 19, 1920. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Lucy’s Academy in 1938. He was a funeral director, and the owner and operator of the Callahan-Hanley-Mooney Funeral Home.[1]

Hanley enlisted for World War II and served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946.[2]

In 1964 he was a successful Democratic candidate for a seat in Congress. He served eight terms, 1965 to 1981, and was Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in his final term. During his Congressional career, Hanley was known as a liberal, and supported the Great Society program of Lyndon B. Johnson, expansion of Medicare and Head Start, and the Equal Rights Amendment.[3]

Hanley did not run for reelection in 1980. He worked as a government relations consultant in the Washington, D.C. area until 1990, afterwards retiring to upstate New York.[4]

He died in Geddes, New York on October 16, 2003, and was buried at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.[5][6][7]

The federal building in Syracuse is named for him.[8]


  1. ^ Williams Press, The New York Red Book, 1977, page 1070
  2. ^ U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, entry for James M. Hanley, retrieved December 16, 2013
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, James Hanley, 83; Congressman Was Liberal Democrat, October 28, 2003
  4. ^ Terrance Kivalan, Newhouse News Service, Syracuse Herald-Journal, Hanley Joins Law Firm, February 13, 1981
  5. ^ Eric Pace, New York Times, James M. Hanley, 83, Dies; Served 8 Terms in Congress, October 27, 2003
  6. ^ U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2013, entry for James M. Hanley, retrieved December 16, 2013
  7. ^ U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006, entry for James M. Hanley, retrieved December 16, 2013
  8. ^ James T. Walsh, United States House of Representatives, Tribute to Former Congressman James M. Hanley, February 10, 2004

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
R. Walter Riehlman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
John H. Terry
Preceded by
Samuel S. Stratton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 35th congressional district

Succeeded by
Barber B. Conable, Jr.
Preceded by
Alexander Pirnie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

Succeeded by
George C. Wortley