James Coffield Mitchell

James Coffield Mitchell (March 10, 1786 – August 7, 1843) was an American politician who represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives.

James Coffield Mitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byJames I. Standifer
Succeeded byJames I. Standifer
Personal details
Born(1786-03-10)March 10, 1786
Staunton, Virginia
DiedAugust 7, 1843(1843-08-07) (aged 57)
Jackson, Mississippi
Professionlawyer politician


Mitchell was born in Staunton, Virginia, in March 1786 and attended the common schools. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law. He moved to Tennessee and settled in Rhea County. From 1813 to 1817, he was the Solicitor General for the second district of Tennessee. He moved to Athens, Tennessee, in 1817.


Mitchell was elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses. He served from March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829.[1] During the Twentieth Congress, he was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Military Pensions. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election. He was judge of the eleventh circuit from 1830 to 1836.

Mitchell then moved to Hinds County, Mississippi, and settled near Jackson around 1837. He was an unsuccessful candidate on the Whig ticket for Governor of Mississippi and for the Mississippi House of Representatives. He engaged in agricultural pursuits as well.[2]


Mitchell died near Jackson, Mississippi, on August 7, 1843 (age 57 years). The location of his interment is unknown.[3] He was the author of Mitchell's Justice.


  1. ^ "James Coffield Mitchell". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "James Coffield Mitchell". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "James Coffield Mitchell". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved February 19, 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by