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James Montgomery Beck

Congressman , Lawyer

James Montgomery Beck, American lawyer. member Shearman & Sterling, New York, 1903-1917, Beck, Crawford & Harris, 1917-1927; member 70th Congress (1927-1929), 1st Pa.


Beck, James Montgomery was born on July 9, 1861 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of James Nathan and Margaretta C. (Darling) Beck.


Graduate Moravian College, Pennsylvania, 1880. Doctor of Laws, Mühlenberg College and Moravian College, 1902, University of Pennsylvania, 1910, McGill University and Lafayette College, 1917. Doctor of Literature, Franklin and Marshall College, 1918.

Doctor of Laws, Loyola University, 1931, University of Vermont, 1935.


James Mitchell of Philadelphia, 1890. Admitted to bar of Philadelphia, 1884, New York, 1903, to bar of England, 1922. United State Attorneys Eastern District Pennsylvania, 1896-1900.

Assistant attorney general United States, 1900-1903. Member Shearman & Sterling, New York, 1903-1917, Beck, Crawford & Harris, 1917-1927. Solicitor general of the United States, 1921-1925 (resigned).

Resumed practice of law in Washington and New York. Member 70th Congress (1927-1929), 1st Pennsylvania District, to fill unexpired term of James M. Hazlett, and reëlected to 71st and 72d Congresses (1929-1933), same district, and to 73d Congress (1933-1935), 2d Pennsylvania District. Resigned from Congress, October 1, 1934.

Officer Legion of Honor (French). Commander Order of the Crown (Belgian). Commander Order of Polonia Restituta (Polish).


Member of Legion of Honor, France (officer). Order of Crown, Belgium (commander). Orde'r Polonia Restituta, Poland (commander).

Gray’s Inn. London (Honorary Bencher). Royal History Society. London (Fellow); Societe de Gens de Lettres of France (corresponding member).

American Philosophical Society. Pennsylvania Society of New York. (past pres, and gold medalist).

Archaeological Society Wash, (president). Sons of Revolution, District of Columbia (past president). Society Colonial Wars.

Shakespere Society, Philadelphia Clubs: Union League of New York. Metropolitan. Chevy Chase, Washington, District of Columbia.


Spouse Lilia Mitchell, 1890.

James Nathan Beck

Margaretta C. (Darling) Beck