James MacKay (American politician)

James Armstrong MacKay ( born June 25, 1919 in Fairfield, Alabama; † 2 July 2004 in Chattanooga, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1965 and 1967 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James MacKay attended the common schools and then studied until 1940 at Emory University in Atlanta and to 1941 at Duke University. During the Second World War, he was from 1941 to 1945 a member of the Reserve of the Coast Guard. After a subsequent law degree from Emory University and his made ​​in 1947 admitted to the bar he began to work in his new profession. Later he became Curator of Emory University. Politically, MacKay member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1951 and 1952 and again from 1955 to 1964 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia. This period was marked by the events of the civil rights movement, which supported MacKay. He also campaigned for environmental protection.

In the congressional elections of 1964, MacKay was in the fourth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John James Flynt on January 3, 1965. Since he lost to Benjamin B. Blackburn of the Republican Party in the elections of 1966, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1967. This was determined by the events of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives James MacKay again worked as a lawyer. He sat still for environmental protection, and died July 2, 2004 in Chattanooga. He was married twice and had one of the first marriage died before his son and a daughter from his second marriage.