Edward F James
Edward F. James was born in Stockton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, July 18, 1864, died at his home on North Laurel Street, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, April 18, 1922. He was educated in the public schools of Hazleton township, Luzerne County, and began his business life as a boy around the coal mines. In 1881, at the age of seventeen, he was made shipper at the Humboldt Colliery, owned by Linderman & Skeer. Eight years later, 1889, shortly after the death of his father, William James, he moved to Hazleton, where until 1900 he held employment as a subordinate, and early in January, 1900, he established in business as manufacturers' sales agent for mine and mill supplies. He prospered in this enterprise, and in December, 1913, he incorporated as the Edward F. James Sales Company, he acting as general manager of the company until his death. He acquired important business interests as the years went by, and at the time of his death was the managing head of the Edward F. James Company, president of the Anchor Packing Company, of Philadelphia, director of the First National Bank, of Hazleton, treasurer of the Hazleton Cemetery Association, and treasurer of the Hazle Hall Association. In public life Mr. James gained the climax of his political efforts as State Senator for the term of 1906 to 1910. Prior to election to that post he had served as president of the Board of School Control in Hazleton, and was a member of that body for fifteen years. In 1902 he was mercantile appraiser for Luzerne county. In politics, Senator James was a supporter of Bois Penrose, United States Senator. During his one term he headed many of the most important committees of the legislature and had the honor of serving as the first Senator from the newly-created Twentieth District from 1906 to 1910, and during his term looked after the interests of his people with ability and fidelity. He was an intimate friend of Senator Penrose, and was acquainted with all of the influential Republican leaders of the Commonwealth, including Governor Sproul, who was a member of the Senate at the time Mr. James served in that body.