James Seccombe

James Seccombe ( born February 12, 1893 in Mineral City, Tuscarawas County, Ohio; † August 23, 1970 in Canton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1939 and 1941 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1906, James Seccombe moved with his parents from Mineral City to Canton. He attended the public schools of his respective home. During the First World War, he served 1917-1919 in the U.S. Army. He was used in the European theater of war. Between 1913 and 1932 he worked, except for his military service, in different factories as a machinist and foreman. In the years 1930 and 1931, he graduated from evening classes at the YMCA, where he was trained as a motor mechanic. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. From 1928 to 1933 he sat on the city council of Canton, which he was president from time to time. From 1935 to 1938 he also served as mayor of this city. In the years 1932, 1934 and 1936, he participated in the regional party days of the Republicans for Ohio as a delegate.

In the congressional elections of 1938 Seccombe in the 16th electoral district of Ohio was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat William R. Thom took on 3 January 1939 he had beaten in the election. Since he lost in 1940 against Thom, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1941. During this time the last of the New Deal legislation of the Roosevelt administration there have been adopted.

In the years 1941 and 1942 James Seccombe worked as a State tax examiner for the IRS in Canton. From 1942 to 1970 he was a member of the Electoral Commission in Stark County. In 1959 he became president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials. He died on August 23, 1970 in Canton, where he was also buried.