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James Carson Needham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byJames McLachlan
Succeeded byJoseph R. Knowland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byCurtis H. Castle
Succeeded byJames McLachlan
Personal details
Born(1864-09-17)September 17, 1864
Carson City, Nevada
DiedJuly 11, 1942(1942-07-11) (aged 77)
Modesto, California
Resting placeMasonic Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materCalifornia Wesleyan College
University of Michigan Law School

James Carson Needham (September 17, 1864 – July 11, 1942) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Born in a covered wagon at Carson City, Nevada, James Needham arrived as a baby with his parents Charles and Olive[1] at Mayfield, Santa Clara, California, October 1, 1864. He attended the Santa Clara County public schools. He was graduated from the California Wesleyan College at San Jose in 1886 and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1889. He served as clerk in The Adjutant General's Office of the War Department in Washington, D.C., from September 1, 1887, until September 1, 1888, when he resigned to complete his law course. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Modesto, California. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the State senate in 1890.

Needham was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1913). He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1912 for reelection to the Sixty-third Congress. He resumed the practice of law in San Diego, California from 1913 to 1916, when he returned to Modesto, California, and continued his profession. He was appointed judge of the superior court of California January 1, 1919.

Needham was elected to the same office in 1920 to fill an unexpired term. He was reelected in 1922 and again in 1926, and served until January 1, 1935. He died in Modesto, California on July 11, 1942. He was interred in the Masonic Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Curtis H. Castle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
James McLachlan
Preceded by
James McLachlan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph R. Knowland

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website