02/05/1917 - 04/30/1985

PRENDERGAST, James F., a Representative from Northampton County; born in Easton, Northampton County, Pa., February 5, 1917; graduated, Easton High School.; B.A., Lafayette College, 1938; LL.B., George Washington University Law School, 1951; second lieutenant, United States Marine Corps (World War II; Navy Cross and double Purple Heart recipient); attorney; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to serve the 1959 term and reelected for 9 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Majority Caucus Secretary (1965-1966); elected, Minority Caucus Chairman (1967-1968, 1973-1974); elected, Majority Whip (1969-1972); elected, Majority Caucus Administrator (1975-1978); appointed, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (1963-1964); appointed, Joint State Government Commission (1967-1974); delegate, Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Convention (1968); unsuccessful campaign for reelection to the House (1978); died, April 30, 1985 in Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; interred, Gethsemane Cemetery, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

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