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United States representative , politician

James Marvin Leath, American Congressman. Served to First lieutenant United States Army, 1954-1956.


Leath, James Marvin was born on May 6, 1931 in Rusk County, Texas, United States. Son of Ned Morris and Linnie Faye (Jacobs) Leath.


Born in Henderson, Texas, Leath attended the Rusk County public schools. He graduated from Henderson High School, 1949. He attended Kilgore Junior College.

B.B.A., University of Texas, Austin, 1954.


He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Coached football and track, Henderson High School from 1957 to 1959. Business salesman, 1959.

Banking, 1962. Officer and director in five Texas banks, and two manufacturing companies. He served as special assistant to United States Representative W.R. Poage from 1972 to 1974. Leath was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1991).

He was not a candidate for renomination in 1990 to the One Hundred Second Congress. He died on December 8, 2000 in Arlington, Virginia.


Served to First lieutenant United States Army, 1954-1956.


Married Alta Ruth Neill, May 24, 1954. Children: James Gregory (deceased), Thomas Milton.

Ned Morris Leath

Linnie Faye (Jacobs) Leath

Alta Ruth Neill

James Gregory Leath (deceased)

Thomas Milton Leath