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James H. Duff

In office
1947 – 1951
Preceded by John C. Bell, Jr.
Succeeded by John S. Fine

Born January 21, 1883
Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Died December 20, 1969 (aged 86)
Washington, DC
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Taylor
Profession Attorney, Politician
Religion Presbyterian

James Henderson Duff (January 21, 1883 – December 20, 1969) was an American lawyer and politician in the mid-20th century. He served as the 34th Governor of Pennsylvania (1947–1951) and U.S. senator from Pennsylvania (1951-1957).

Duff was active in politics throughout his adult life, but did not become a political candidate until 1942, after 35 years as a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Duff, Scott & Smith. He successfully ran for Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and took office in 1943. Four years later, he ran and won as the Republican candidate for governor.

Duff was elected to the United States Senate from Pennsylvania in 1950. After losing the 1956 senatorial election to Democrat Joseph S. Clark, Duff retired from politics, but remained in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the law firm of Davies, Richberg, Tydings, Landa & Duff. He died in Washington, D.C., and was buried in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

Duff was a native of Mansfield (now Carnegie), Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1904 and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1907. He married Jean Taylor on October 26, 1909. In 1929, he helped found the Mt. Lebanon community of Virginia Manor.[1]


  1. ^ Elaine Wertheim (October 2003). "Shades of Mt. Lebanon". Mt. Lebanon Magazine. pp. 46–53.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
John C. Bell, Jr.
Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John Sydney Fine
United States Senate
Preceded by
Francis J. Myers
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Joseph S. Clark


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