Henry J. Latham

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Henry J. Latham, New York Congressman and Judge

Henry Jepson Latham (December 10, 1908 – June 26, 2002) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was born on December 10, 1908, in Brooklyn. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School and completed a law degree at St. John’s College in 1931. He practiced law in New York City, and later received an LL.M. from Brooklyn Law School.

A Republican, he was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 4th D.) in 1941 and 1942. In 1942 Latham joined the United States Navy, became a pilot, and served in the Pacific Theater until February, 1945, afterwards serving as a member of the Naval Reserve.

In 1944 he ran for the U.S. House in absentia and won. He was reelected six times, and served in the 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th and 85th United States Congresses. He held office from January 3, 1945, to December 31, 1958, when he resigned to go on the bench.

A conservative with a strong anti-communist stance, Latham served on the Rules Committee, and advocated increasing the size and capability of the U.S. armed forces. He also favored providing arms to Taiwan, then known as Formosa, so it could fight the Communist government of China.

Latham was a Justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1959 to 1978.

He died on June 26, 2002, in Southold, New York and was buried at Saint Patricks Cemetery in Southold.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel E. Fitzpatrick
New York State Assembly
Queens County, 4th District

1941–1942
Succeeded by
William F. Bowe
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph L. Pfeifer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

1945–1953
Succeeded by
Frank J. Becker
Preceded by
L. Gary Clemente
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

1953–1958
Succeeded by
Seymour Halpern
Party political offices
Preceded by
Matthew J. Diserio
1949
Republican Nominee for New York City Council President
1951 and 1953
Succeeded by
Caroline K. Simon
1957