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J. Campbell Cantrill

James Campbell Cantrill (July 9, 1870 – September 2, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

James Campbell Cantrill
A man with dark hair and a mustache wearing a dark jacket, patterned tie, and white shirt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1909 – September 2, 1923
Preceded byWilliam P. Kimball
Succeeded byJoseph W. Morris
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1870-07-09)July 9, 1870
Georgetown, Kentucky
DiedSeptember 2, 1923(1923-09-02) (aged 53)
Louisville, Kentucky
Resting placeGeorgetown Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Virginia at Charlottesville

Born in Georgetown, Kentucky, Cantrill attended the common schools, Georgetown (Kentucky) College, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death. He served as chairman of the Scott County Democratic committee in 1895.

Cantrill was elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1897, and again in 1899. He served in the State senate 1901-1905. He was nominated for Congress in 1904, but declined. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904.

Cantrill was elected president of the American Society of Equity for Kentucky, an organization of farmers, in 1908.

Cantrill was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his death during his campaign as the Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky. He served as chairman of the Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses). He died in Louisville, Kentucky in 1923. He was interred in Georgetown Cemetery, in Georgetown, Kentucky.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "J. Campbell Cantrill (id: C000126)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Legislative history and capitol souvenir of Kentucky : portraits and sketches of Senators, Representatives, and officials and attaches of the various state departments. W.E. Bidwell, E.H. Ellwanger. 1910. p. 34. Retrieved 2008-11-28.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William P. Kimball
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph W. Morris