The motorcade of Gov. Arthur James left clouds of dust as it traveled dirt roads into a remote corner of Pennsylvania on an August afternoon in 1940.
James was on his way to be officially adopted as a member of the Seneca Nation at a ceremony on the Cornplanter Tract along the Allegany River near the border with New York State.
It was an unusual journey for James. He described himself as a “red-headed breaker boy from Plymouth”, referring to his anthracite region roots, in his inaugural address. James had been a favorite son candidate for the Republican presidential nomination just two months before in Philadelphia. READ MORE »