Member Biography

Howard Isaiah James 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       10 Republican
1941-1942       10 Republican
1943-1944       10 Republican
1945-1946       10 Republican



01/30/1871 - 10/21/1946

Howard Isaiah James (R10) Bucks County 1939-1946

Early Life:

Howard Isaiah James, born January 30, 1871, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; son of Eugene and Martha Ann Rialc James; public school education; Doylestown Seminary; admitted, Bucks County bar, 1892; senior member, law firm, Gilkeson and James, 1892-1946; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1939-1946; delegate, Republican National Convention, Philadelphia, 1940; unmarried; died, October 21, 1946 (aged 75) Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; interment, Bristol Cemetery, Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career: 

Read law with his brother, Henry A. James, Esquire, admitted, Bucks County bar May, 1892. Began the practice of his profession, opened an office, Bristol, Bucks County. Partnered with his brother Henry A., who had an office at Doylestown. Formed a co-partnership with Honorable B. K Gilkeson, of Bristol, under the firm name of Gilkeson and James. Death of Mr. Gilkeson, 1904, Mr. James continued the business for the family, and on the admission of B. F. Gilkeson, Jr., to the bar about a year later, 1905, became a member of the firm, the old firm name of Gilkeson and James being continued. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Director, trust officer, solicitor, Bristol Trust Company, member bar, Bucks County Courts, Supreme, Superior Courts of Pennsylvania, United States District Courts, Circuit Court of Appeals; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Loyal Order of Moose; Masonic Fraternities, Bucks County Fish and Game Association; American Hose and Hook and Ladder Company, Number 1; Consolidated Fire Company; Bucks County Historical Society.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Solicitor, Bristol Township, School District, Bristol Borough.

Delegate, Bucks, Lehigh Counties, Republican National Convention, Philadelphia, 1940.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Bucks County, 1939-1946; committee assignments, Chairman, Corporations, member, Appropriations, Elections, Forest and Waters, Game and Fisheries, Insurance, Judicial General, Municipal Government, Public Utilities, Rules, Senatorial Apportionment, Workerman’s Compensation; did not seek reelection, ill health.


Born, famly farm, Doylestown Township.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "J""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1946). Gardner, B.R., (Editor). Allen, A., (Associate Editor). Volume 87. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 492, 497, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 484.

Howard Isaiah James (1871-1946) - Find a Grave Memorial