James M. Tunnell

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James Tunnell
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United States Senator
from Delaware
In office
January 3, 1941 January 3, 1947
Preceded by John G. Townsend Jr.
Succeeded by John J. Williams
Personal details
Born(1879-08-02)August 2, 1879
Clarksville, Delaware, U.S.
DiedNovember 14, 1957(1957-11-14) (aged 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Sarah Ethel Dukes
Residence Georgetown, Delaware, U.S.
Alma mater Franklin College
Occupationeducator
banker
Professionlawyer
teacher

James Miller Tunnell (August 2, 1879 November 14, 1957) was an American lawyer and politician from Georgetown, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, and served as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Sussex County, Delaware County of Delaware in Delaware

Sussex County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Delaware, on the Delmarva Peninsula. As of the 2010 census, the population was 197,145. The county seat is Georgetown.

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Early life and family

Tunnell was born in Clarksville, near Millville, Delaware. He attended the public schools and graduated in 1900 from Franklin College, now combined with Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio.

Millville, Delaware Town in Delaware, United States

Millville is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 544 at the 2010 census, an increase of 110% from the previous decade. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area and lies within Baltimore Hundred.

New Concord, Ohio Village in Ohio, United States

New Concord is a village in Muskingum County, Ohio, United States. The population is 2,491 as of the 2010 census. New Concord is the home of Muskingum University and is served by a branch of the Muskingum County Library System.

Professional and political career

Tunnell taught in the public schools, eventually becoming principal of the schools at Frankford, Selbyville and Ocean View, Delaware. Meanwhile, he studied the law, was admitted to the bar in 1907 and began a practice in Georgetown, Delaware. He was president of the Georgetown Board of Education from 1919 until 1932. Tunnell was also a banker and owned and operated a number of farms in Sussex County, Delaware.

Frankford, Delaware Town in Delaware, United States

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Selbyville, Delaware Town in Delaware, United States

Selbyville is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 2,167 at the 2010 census, an increase of 31.7% over the previous decade. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ocean View, Delaware Town in Delaware, United States

Ocean View is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, in the United States. The population was 1,882 at the 2010 census, an increase of 87.1% over the previous decade. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area and lies in Baltimore Hundred.

Tunnell first ran for a seat in the United States Senate in 1924, but was defeated by Republican T. Coleman du Pont, a former Senator. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1940, this time defeating the incumbent Republican Senator John G. Townsend, Jr. During this term, he served with the Democratic majority in the 77th, 78th, and 79th Congresses. He was chairman of the Committee on Pensions in the 78th and 79th Congresses. Tunnell lost his bid for a second term in 1946 to Republican John J. Williams from Millsboro, Delaware. He served from January 3, 1941, to January 3, 1947, during the administrations of U.S. presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

John J. Williams (politician) American politician

John James "Whispering Willie" Williams was an American businessman and politician from Millsboro, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party and served four terms as U.S. senator from Delaware from 1947 to 1970.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd president of the United States

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Death and legacy

Tunnell died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is buried in the Blackwater Church Cemetery, near Clarksville, Sussex County, Delaware.

Almanac

Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Senators are popularly elected and take office January 3 for a six-year term.

Public Offices
OfficeTypeLocationBegan officeEnded officenotes
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington January 3, 1941January 3, 1947
United States Congress service
DatesCongressChamberMajorityPresidentCommitteesClass/District
1941–1943 77th U.S. Senate Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt class 1
1943–1945 78th U.S. Senate Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt class 1
1945–1947 79th U.S. Senate Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
class 1
Election results
YearOfficeSubjectPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%
1924 U.S. Senator James M. Tunnell Democratic 36,08541% T. Coleman du Pont Republican 52,73159%
1940 U.S. Senator James M. Tunnell Democratic 68,29451% John G. Townsend, Jr. Republican 63,79947%
1946 U.S. Senator James M. Tunnell Democratic 50,91045% John J. Williams Republican 62,60355%

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John G. Townsend, Jr.
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Delaware
1941-1947
Served alongside: James H. Hughes, C. Douglass Buck
Succeeded by
John J. Williams