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James Edmund Jeffries (June 1, 1925 – August 22, 1997) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas from 1979 to 1983.[1]

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jeffries attended the public schools. He graduated from Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1943. He attended Michigan State University, Lansing, 1947. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. and was an investment counselor and corporate director from 1956 to 1979. He served as a delegate to the Kansas State Republican convention, 1978.

Jeffries was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and to the Ninety-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983). He was a conservative. He introduced 14 bills during his tenure, the most prominent of which was a 1981 law which settled a long-standing controversy over a minor border dispute between Missouri and Kansas[2]

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1982 to the Ninety-eighth Congress and was a resident of Atchison, Kansas until he retired to Tucson, Arizona, where he died.


  1. ^ Biographical Sketch of James Edmund Jeffries, Kansas Historical Society
  2. ^ A bill granting the consent of Congress to the agreement between the States of Kansas and Missouri establishing their mutual boundary in the vicinity of the French Bottoms near St. Joseph, Missouri, and Elwood, Kansas


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Martha Keys
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd congressional district

1979 - 1983
Succeeded by
Jim Slattery

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website