James Bede biography

James Bede

U.S. Congressperson

1856 – 1942


Who was James Bede?

James Adam Bede was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota.

Born on a farm in Eaton Township, Lorain County, Ohio, he attended the public schools of Ohio, Oberlin College, and Tabor College in Tabor, Iowa, and read law while learning the printing trade. He taught school in Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas; editor and publisher of several newspapers and periodicals; served as a representative for several western newspapers in Washington, D.C., 1888 – 1891; engaged in newspaper work at Pine City, Minnesota, Pine County, Minnesota; served as United States marshal for the district of Minnesota in 1894 during the great railway strike; spoke at the first annual dinner of the Associated Press in New York; elected as a Republican to the 58th, 59th, and 60th congresses,; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908 to the 61st congress; returned to Pine City; engaged as a publisher and lecturer; moved to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1927 and engaged in his former pursuits; also was interested in the St. Lawrence inland waterway project; Bede also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, in 1931-1932, from St.


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Jan 13, 1856
Eaton Township
  • Oberlin College
  • Tabor College
Apr 11, 1942

on July 23, 2013