James W. Symington

James Wadsworth Symington ( born September 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York ) is a former American politician. Between 1969 and 1977 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Symington, son of U.S. Senator Stuart Symington (1901-1988), first attended St. Bernard 's School in New York City and then St. Louis County Day School in Missouri. Between 1945 and 1946 he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Then he studied until 1950 at Yale University. After a subsequent law degree from Columbia Law School in 1954 and its recent approval as a lawyer in St. Louis, he began to work in this profession. Between 1958 and 1960 he worked in London in the diplomatic service of the federal government. Between 1961 and 1962, Symington served as deputy director of the Association of Food for Peace; after that he worked for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy until 1963. In the years 1965 and 1966 he was a member of the Commission appointed by the President to tackle youth crime. He was also a consultant to the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice.

From 1966 to 1968 Symington had held the post of Head of Protocol at the Foreign Ministry. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1968 he was in the second electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Thomas B. Curtis on January 3, 1969. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3rd, 1977 four legislative sessions. During this time, ended the Vietnam War. In 1974 the work of the Congress by the Watergate scandal was overshadowed.

1976 James Symington waived on another candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives. Instead, he sought unsuccessfully to Nomierung his party for election to the U.S. Senate. After retiring from Congress, he was 1986-2001 director of the Atlantic Council. In 2001 he became director of the Russian Leadership Program of the Library of Congress; after that he worked as a lawyer in a law firm in the capital Washington.