Biography of James R. Kerr
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JAMES ROBERTS KERR, Representative from Yuma County, was born in Asheville, North Carolina, June 9, 1850. He is of Scotch-English ancestry and the son of W. M. and Harriet Kerr. Mr. Kerr was educated in private schools in North Carolina and Virginia, and has had a varied career. He has been on the frontier since 1870, most of his life since that time having been spent in the open as rail roader, cowpuncher and prospector. He spent three years in Alaska, one winter of which he was north of the Arctic circle. He has been employed as railroad conductor in southwestern Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and removed to San Diego, California, in 1893, where he engaged in real estate and insurance business, and during five years of his residence there served as Deputy Sheriff of the County. He has been living in Arizona since 1908, when he located in Yuma. Almost immediately Mr. Kerr became interested in local and State politics, and, although a comparative newcomer, his judgment and influence in matters of importance are highly regarded. He has been appointed member of the Panama-California Exposition Commission, and selected Chairman of the same, while his election to the First State Legislature by a large majority is an unquestioned evidence of his popularity in Yuma County. Mr. Kerr, in the special sessions, has been a diligent worker on the following committees: Labor, Appropriations, Good Roads, State Accounting and Methods of Business. He is an active member of the B. P. O. E. and Knights of Pythias.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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