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James F Hastings

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Preceded by  Jack Kemp
Preceded by  Thomas Laverne
Party  Republican Party
Succeeded by  Stanley N. Lundine
Succeeded by  Jess J. Present
Battles and wars  World War II
Preceded by  Charles E. Goodell
Name  James Hastings
Succeeded by  Jack Kemp
Died  October 24, 2014

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Role  Former New York State Senator
Previous office  New York State Senator (1967–1968)

Service/branch  United States Navy

James Fred Hastings (April 10, 1926 – October 24, 2014) was an American radio station executive and politician from New York.


Early life

Hastings was born on April 10, 1926, in Olean, New York. He graduated from Allegany Central School in 1943, and joined the United States Navy for World War II. After he returned home in 1946 he worked as a carpenter, and then worked as a sales representative for Procter & Gamble.

Hastings later became active in several businesses, including manager and vice president of radio station WHDL from 1952-1966, national advertising manager for the Times Herald newspaper in Olean from 1964-1966, and a partner in the real estate and insurance firm of Hastings & Jewell.

He was a member of the Allegany Town Board from 1953 to 1962, and was the town's police court justice for five years.

Political career

Hastings was a member the New York State Assembly (Cattaraugus Co.) from 1963 to 1965, sitting in the 174th and 175th New York State Legislatures; and a member of the New York State Senate from 1966 to 1968, sitting in the 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures. He was a delegate to the 1968 and 1972 Republican National Conventions.

He was elected as a Republican to the 91st, 92nd, 93rd and 94th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1969, to January 20, 1976, when he resigned to become the president of the Associated Industries trade group in Albany, New York.

Later in 1976, Hastings was accused of taking kickbacks from three employees and using the funds to purchase vehicles, snowmobiles, and boats as well as contributing to his children's college tuition and a New York state retirement fund He was convicted of mail fraud and filing false payroll information in December 1976 and served 14 months in the United States Penitentiary, Allenwood.

Later life

After his release from prison, Hastings lived in retirement in Belleair Beach, Florida until returning to Allegany in 1998.


He died on October 24, 2014, in Allegany, New York.


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