Rep. Mott Dies In Washington

Washington, Nov. 13 (AP)—Rep. James W. Mott (R., Ore.) a member of congress since 1933, died yesterday of a heart attack on his 62nd birthday.

He had been in Bethesda, Md., naval hospital three weeks and on Thursday underwent an operation for relief of an intestinal obstruction.

The house political lineup is now 241 democrats, 188 republicans, two members of other parties and four vacancies.

Mott’s active career in the legal profession and politics began in 1917 with his graduation from the Willamette law school and his admission to the bar. He immediately opened a law office in Astoria, closed it a year later to enter the U.S. Navy, returned in 1919, was city attorney 1920-22 and then served three terms, 1922-24-26, as state representative.

Elected in 1932

After his defeat in the congressional primaries of 1928 and his subsequent removal to Salem in 1929, Mott again was chosen to the lower house, from Marion county. In March, 1931, former governor Julius Meier named him state corporation commissioner to succeed Mark McAllister, resigned, and the following year Mott made his successful bid for congress.

He was re-elected in 1934 and repeatedly since.

Born in New Washington, Penn., Nov. 12, 1884, Mr. Mott came to Salem with his parents five years later. After attending the Salem public school, he went to the University of Oregon and Stanford, and was graduated from Columbia University, New York, in 1909. His graduation from Willamette came eight years later.

In the interim, Mott was active in newspaper work and theatricals, and in later years he directed several amateur stage productions. He was a veteran campaigner and has made extensive tours of his district.

Mott was a member of Capitol Post No. 9, American Legion, and Marion County voiture 153 of the 40 et 8 societe.

Surviving Mott are his widow, the former Ethel Walling, and three daughters, Mrs. John (Francis Ann) Sullivan, Mrs. Benjamin (Dorothy) Whisenand and Miss Beverly Mott, and Dr. William Mott of Salem, a brother.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, November 13, 1945.

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