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James Patrick Sutton

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James Patrick Sutton
James Patrick Sutton (US Congressman).jpg
From 1949's Pictorial Directory of the Eighty-First Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Preceded byJ. Percy Priest
Succeeded byRoss Bass
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byW. Wirt Courtney
Succeeded byTom J. Murray
Personal details
BornOctober 31, 1915 (1915-10-31)
DiedFebruary 3, 2005 (2005-02-04) (aged 89)
CitizenshipUnited States
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materCumberland University Middle Tennessee State College
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross

Silver Star with oak leaf cluster

Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II

James Patrick Sutton (October 31, 1915 – February 3, 2005) was an American politician and a member of the United States Congress from Tennessee.

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Sutton was born on October 31, 1915, near Wartrace, Bedford County, Tennessee. He attended the public schools of Wartrace, Tennessee, and Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State College in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1939.


During World War II, Sutton served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters.[1] On 3 February 1945, during a World War II battle to re-take the Philippines from the Japanese, elements of the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division pushed into the northern outskirts of Manila, with only the steep-sided Tuliahan River separating them from the city proper. A squadron of the 8th Cavalry Regiment reached the bridge just moments after Japanese soldiers had finished preparing it for demolition. As the two sides opened fire on one another, the Japanese lit the fuse leading to the carefully placed explosives. Without hesitation, Lt. Sutton, a Navy demolitions expert attached to the division, dashed through the enemy fire and cut the burning fuse. This heroic act allowed the soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division to cross the bridge and seize Manila.

Sutton was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the two succeeding Congresses. He served from January 3, 1949 until January 3, 1955.[2] In 1954, he was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator.

Subsequently, Sutton served as the county sheriff for Lawrence County, Tennessee. In 1963, he and his brother were indicted by a federal grand jury for counterfeiting. He pleaded guilty in 1964 and was sentenced to one year in prison, and two years probation.[3] He served an additional 10 months in federal prison in 1965 after violating his probation. He later worked as an investment broker, and spent time restoring antiques.


Sutton died in the Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center, Berrien County, Michigan, on February 3, 2005 (age 89 years, 95 days). He was cremated, and his ashes are interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.[4]


  1. ^ "James P. Sutton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "James P. Sutton". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Ex-Solon Gets Year In Counterfeiting", Tuscaloosa (AL) News, November 3, 1964, p12
  4. ^ "James P. Sutton". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 May 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
W. Wirt Courtney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Tom J. Murray
Preceded by
J. Percy Priest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ross Bass
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