James P. McGranery

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James Patrick McGranery
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61st United States Attorney General
In office
April 4, 1952 – January 20, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by J. Howard McGrath
Succeeded by Herbert Brownell, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
Appointed by Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Harry Ellis Kalodner
Succeeded by John W. Lord, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1937 – November 17, 1943
Preceded by William H. Wilson
Succeeded by Joseph M. Pratt
Personal details
Born (1895-07-08)July 8, 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died December 23, 1962(1962-12-23) (aged 67)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Regina T. Clark
Children James Patrick, Jr., Clark and Regina
Parents Patrick McGranery
Bridget Gallagher McGranery
Alma mater Temple University Beasley School of Law (1928)
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Air Service
Battles/wars World War I

James Patrick McGranery (July 8, 1895 – December 23, 1962) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the United States Attorney General during the Truman administration from April 4, 1952 until January 20, 1953.

Early life and education

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Patrick McGranery, and Bridget (née Gallagher). McGranery served in World War I as an observation balloon pilot with the United States Army Air Service, and as an adjutant in the One Hundred and Eleventh Infantry. He graduated from Temple University Law School in 1928.

McGranery married the former Regina T. Clark, on November 29, 1939; they had three children: a one son of James Patrick (nickname: Jim), Jr., and two daughters of Clark and Regina.

U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 75th through the 78th Congresses. In November 1943, McGranery was appointed assistant to the Attorney General of the United States and was responsible for supervising the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Bureau of Prisons and various divisions. He then served as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Attorney General of the United States

McGranery (right) and President Harry S. Truman at the Oval Office in 1952.

President Harry S. Truman appointed McGranery as Attorney General and he served in that capacity until 1953. McGranery revoked the re-entry permit of Charlie Chaplin, when he was accused of Communist sympathies.[1]

Later life and death

He returned to the practicing law in Washington, D.C. in 1954. He died in Palm Beach, Florida, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. Woo, Elaine (2011-09-29). "Mo Rothman dies at 92; found new audience for Chaplin". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1937 – November 17, 1943
Succeeded by
Joseph M. Pratt
Legal offices
Preceded by
Harry Ellis Kalodner
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John W. Lord, Jr.
Preceded by
J. Howard McGrath
U.S. Attorney General
Served under: Harry S. Truman

April 4, 1952 – January 20, 1953
Succeeded by
Herbert Brownell, Jr.