BATTIN, James Franklin, (1925 - 1996)


Campaign fan, 1962-1968, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BATTIN, James Franklin, a Representative from Montana; born in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kans., February 13, 1925; moved with his parents to Montana in November 1929; educated in the public schools of Billings, Mont.; graduated from high school in 1942; enlisted in the United States Navy and served for three years, two and a half years of which were in the Pacific theater; returned to his studies and graduated from Eastern Montana College in Billings, Mont., in 1948; received the degree of Juris Doctor from George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., in 1951; was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Washington, D.C., for about a year; returned to Billings, Mont., in 1952 and continued in law; served as deputy county attorney, secretary-counsel for the City-County Planning Board, assistant city attorney, and city attorney; member of the State house of representatives in 1958 and 1959; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1961, until his resignation February 27, 1969, to become United States district judge for the District of Montana; became chief judge, District of Montana on November 16, 1978; died September 27, 1996.