Providence College
McGRATH, James Howard (1903-1966)

MCGRATH, JAMES HOWARD, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Woonsocket, Providence County, R.I., November 28, 1903; attended parochial schools; graduated from La Salle Academy, Providence, R.I., in 1922, from Providence (R.I.) College in 1926, and from the law department of Boston University, Boston, Mass., in 1929; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Providence; city solicitor of Central Falls, R.I., 1930-1934; engaged in the real estate and insurance business and was also interested in banking; chairman of the Democratic National Committee 1947-1949; United States district attorney for Rhode Island from 1934 until his resignation in 1940, having been elected Governor; elected Governor of Rhode Island in 1940, 1942, and 1944 and served until his resignation in October 1945, having been appointed solicitor general of the United States; solicitor general until his resignation in October 1946 to become a candidate for United States Senator; elected as a Democrat in 1946 to the United States Senate for the term commencing January 3, 1947, and served until his resignation on August 23, 1949; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Eighty-first Congress); Attorney General of the United States 1949-1952; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and Providence, R.I.; unsuccessful candidate for nomination as United States Senator in 1960; died in Narragansett, R.I., September 2, 1966; interment in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Clifford J. Durr papers, 1899-1976.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Ca. 10 items in various collections.

Harry S. Truman Library
Independence, MO
Papers: 1934-1952. 89 feet. Correspondence, memoranda, speeches, legislative files, reports, clippings, photographs, and other papers relating to service as governor, solicitor general, senator (24 feet), chairman of Democratic National Committee, and attorney general.

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph Berry Keenan papers, 1942-1947. Finding aid.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 1932-1966. 55 linear feet. Congressional, business, and personal papers and correspondence, photographs, portraits, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Very little from years as solicitor general and attorney general. Written permission required to quote.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Edward J. Higgins papers, 1930-1950s. Higgins was administrative assistant to Senator Theodore Francis Green.
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Robert E. Quinn (June 21, 1972-November 20, 1973), 358 pages.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

  • McGrath, J. Howard. The Power of the People. New York: Julian Messner, 1948.