James A. Long was born on August 27, 1898, at York, Pennsylvania. Following a career in private business, he served as a management consultant during W.W.II in the office of the Quartermaster General in Washington, D.C., and was later transferred to the Department of State where he assisted in the changeover to peacetime responsibilities. While there he was sent as an Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations at the opening of the Second Session in 1946.
Mr. Long joined The Theosophical Society in 1935 and in 1939 became business manager of its American Section. He worked closely with Arthur L. Conger whom he succeeded as leader of The Theosophical Society in 1951. His administration was marked by an emphasis on the practical expression of theosophy in daily living. To this purpose, he founded and edited SUNRISE magazine as a bridge between theosophy and the public, each issue offering theosophic perspectives on relevant trends in science, philosophy, and religion, as well as studies in ancient and modern theosophy. Mr. Long died on July 19, 1971.Books by James A. Long published by Theosophical University Press: