McGROARTY, John Steven, (1862 - 1944)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

McGROARTY, John Steven, a Representative from California; born near Wilkes-Barre in Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pa., August 20, 1862; attended the public schools and Harry Hillman Academy, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; treasurer of Luzerne County, Pa., 1890-1893; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1894 and commenced practice in Wilkes-Barre; moved to Montana and was employed in an executive position with the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. at Butte and Anaconda 1896-1901; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1901 and engaged in journalism; elected poet laureate of California by the State legislature in 1933; author of numerous books and dramas; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938; resumed the profession of journalism in Tujunga, Los Angeles County, Calif.; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state of California in 1938; died in Los Angeles, Calif., August 7, 1944; interment in Calvary Cemetery.