Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
O'HARA, James Grant (1925-1989)

O'HARA, JAMES GRANT, a Representative from Michigan; born in Washington, D.C., November 8, 1925; moved with his parents to Michigan, in 1939; graduated from University of Detroit High School in 1943; during the Second World War served as an enlisted man in the United States Army with Company B, Five Hundred and Eleventh Parachute Infantry Regiment, Eleventh Airborne Division, seeing action in the Pacific Theater of Operations; graduated from the University of Michigan in 1954 and from the law department of the same university in 1955; was admitted to the bar in 1955 and commenced the practice of law in Detroit and Macomb County, Mich.; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1960 and 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1977); was not a candidate in 1976 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; member, and later chairman, Federal Minimum Wage Study Commission, 1978-1981; was a resident of Alexandria, Va., until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 13, 1989: interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1958-1987, 53.5 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes.
The papers document the career of James Grant O'Hara as a Member of Congress, his 1976 campaign for the Senate nomination, his service on various commissions and committees of the national Democratic Party, and his various activities and interests after leaving the U.S. House of Representatives. The collection has been organized in two subgroups: Congressional Papers and Post-Congressional Activities with most of the papers accumulated during his years in Congress. The papers include correspondence, staff memoranda and background papers, speeches, press releases, campaign brochures and literature, texts of bills sponsored or co-sponsored by James O'Hara, transcripts of hearings and minutes of meetings, a diary kept by James O'Hara from April to August 1969, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio and video tapes, and scrapbooks. A finding aid is available in the repository and online. Prior notification prior to use is required because the collection is stored offsite.

Sound Recordings: In the Democratic Party of Michigan Sound Recordings, 1959-1982, 54 sound tape reels and 19 sound cassettes.
Persons represented include James G. O'Hara. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Stellanova Osborn Papers, 1916-1992, 40 linear feet.
Persons represented include James G. O'Hara. A finding aid is available in the library.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: James G. O'Hara, Democratic Representative from Michigan. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.