James Walter Elder

James Walter Elder ( born October 5, 1882 in Grand Prairie, Texas, † December 16, 1941 in Ruston, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1913 and 1915 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Elder attended the public schools of his native Texas and then studied 1895-1901 at Baylor University in Waco. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1903 admitted to the bar he began in Farmersville (Louisiana ) to work in his new profession. At that time he was also mayor in Farmersville. Later he transferred his residence and his law firm to Monroe.

Politically Elder was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1908 and 1912 he sat in the Senate from Louisiana. In the congressional elections of 1912 he was in the fifth electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on March 4, 1913 the successor of Joseph E. Ransdell. Since he was not nominated for the elections of the year 1914 by his party, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1915.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Elder James again worked as a lawyer in Farmersville. In 1925 he moved to Ruston, where he continues to practice as a lawyer. He died on 16 December 1941.