James S. Golden
|James Stephen Golden, Sr.|
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
|Preceded by||Joe B. Bates|
|Succeeded by||Eugene Edward Siler, Sr.|
U.S. Representative for Kentucky's
9th Congressional District
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
|Preceded by||William Lewis|
|Succeeded by||(district disbanded)|
|Born|| September 20, 1891|
Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky
|Died|| September 6, 1971 (aged 79)|
Pineville, Bell County,
|Resting place||Pineville Memorial Cemetery in Pineville|
|Children|| Dr. James S. Golden, Jr. (1922–1995)|
|Alma mater|| Union College|
University of Kentucky
University of Michigan Law School
James Stephen Golden, Sr. (September 20, 1891 – September 6, 1971) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for the 8th and 9th congressional districts in his native Kentucky, both of which were disbanded because of population losses.
Early life and career
Born in Barbourville in Knox County, he attended high school at Union College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912 from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. In 1916, he earned his law degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. That same year, he was admitted to the bar and established his practice in Barbourville.
In 1918, Golden was elected county attorney in Knox County, a post that he filled until 1922. He successfully ran for the U.S. House in 1948 and won without any opponents in the general election. He was re-elected the following election cycle and ran again in 1952, this time in the 8th district.
Golden voted for a 1950 "voluntary FEPC" bill proposed and supported by conservative Republicans in both houses of Congress who sought to end racial discrimination without excessively impeding on businesses. Although the measure passed the House with strong support from the majority of Republicans, such legislation never passed the Senate due to filibusters by Southern Democrats.
Golden was a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention which nominated Moderate Republican Dwight Eisenhower over the isolationist, strongly conservative U.S. senator Robert A. Taft. Eisenhower then won the presidential election in 1952 by a landslide against Democrat opponent Adlai Stevenson.
In June 1951 during a debate on creating a segregated veterans' hospital in Virginia that would only serve blacks, Golden supported the $5 million measure on the grounds that he believed black veterans were in favor of having such. He also worked on flood control, an important issue for his constituency, during his congressional tenure.
In 1953 during the 83rd Congress, Golden joined the majority of House Republicans in voting for the resolution which re-enacted the Select Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations and Comparable Organizations, while his fellow Kentucky Moderate Republican colleague, John Marshall Robsion, Jr., voted against the measure. This was at the request of his Tennessee GOP colleague B. Carroll Reece, who found the committee's report in the previous Congress to have been insufficient and sought a more thorough investigation. The resolution passed, and the committee during the same congressional session became known as the Reece Committee. It ultimately concluded that tax-exempt major foundations subverted American society towards globalist left-wing ideologies.
Golden served in Congress from 1949 to 1955. He did not seek re-nomination in 1954 and was succeeded by the libertarian-leaning conservative Eugene Siler, a forerunner to Rand Paul and Thomas Massie. He then resumed his law practice, and died in Pineville, Kentucky. Golden interred there at Pineville Memorial Cemetery.
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- FascinatingPolitics (June 16, 2021). The Booker T. Washington Veterans Hospital: A Segregation Debate From 70 Years Ago. Mad Politics: The Bizarre, Fascinating, and Unknown of American Political History. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
- Clarity, James F. (April 7, 1978). AYear After the Flood, Pineville, Ky., Is Showing Optimism. The New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
- H RES 217. RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CON- DUCT A FULL AND COMPLETE INVESTIGATION AND STUDY OF EDUCA- TIONAL AND PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATIONS AND OTHER COMPARABLE ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE EXEMPT FROM FED. INCOME TAXATION.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
- Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress