Jim and his wife Meme have lived in South Kingstown, RI for the past 20 years. His daughter Sarah currently lives in Philadelphia, PA. He was raised in Bozrah, CT, a rural community in the eastern portion of the State. His father was a trash man, and his mother was the secretary of their church, a bookkeeper, and a member of the local school board. His sister Pamela is an elementary school principal in Massachusetts.
James Lathrop enlisted in the US Army Reserves after high school. He served while attending Bryant University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He went on to a career in public accounting, earning his Certified Public Accountant designation and eventually starting his firm. At the time he sold the practice the firm had grown to two offices.