James F. Fulbright

James Franklin Fulbright (* January 24, 1877 in Millersville, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, † April 5, 1948 in Springfield, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1923 and 1933 he represented three times the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Fulbright attended the public schools of his home and thereafter until 1900, the State Normal School in Cape Girardeau. In the following years he worked as a teacher in his home. After studying law at the Washington Law School in St. Louis and his 1903 was admitted to the bar he began in 1904 to work in Doniphan in this profession. Between 1906 and 1912 he served as a prosecutor in Ripley County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1913 and 1919 Fulbright sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri; since 1915 he was its president. From 1919 to 1921 he served as mayor of Doniphan. In 1928 he attended the Democratic National Convention in Houston in part, on the Al Smith was nominated as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1922 Fulbright in the 14th Election District of Missouri was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Edward D. Hays on March 4, 1923. Until March 3, 1925, he was initially able to complete only one term in Congress. In 1924 he was defeated by Republican Ralph Emerson Bailey, whom he replaced on March 4, 1927 after an election victory in 1926. Thus James Fulbright could spend 1927-1929 a second term in Congress. In 1928, he lost to Republican Dewey Jackson Short. After another victory in the congressional elections of 1930 Fulbright Short was on March 4, 1931 removed again and complete a final term in the U.S. House of Representatives until March 3, 1933. Since his constituency was dissolved that year, he applied in 1932 in another district unsuccessfully for his party's nomination for the congressional elections.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives James Fulbright practiced as a lawyer again. In 1936, he led the regional Democratic Party in Missouri. Between 1937 and his death on 5 April 1948 he was a judge at the Court of Appeal in Springfield.