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James Henry Mays (June 29, 1868 – April 19, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from Utah.

James Henry Mays
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byJacob Johnson
Succeeded byElmer O. Leatherwood
Personal details
Born(1868-06-29)June 29, 1868
Morristown, Tennessee
DiedApril 19, 1926(1926-04-19) (aged 57)
Wendell, Idaho
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School

Born in Morristown, Tennessee, Mays attended the district schools. He moved to Kansas in 1883 with his parents, who settled in Galena, Kansas. He worked in the mines and as a lumberman. He attended the Kansas State Normal School. From 1893 to 1902 engaged in the life insurance business at Chicago, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Salt Lake City, Utah. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1895. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1896 and to Utah in 1902. Organized several industrial organizations.

Mays was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1920. He retired to his stock ranch near Wendell, Idaho, and died there on April 19, 1926. He was interred in Gooding Cemetery, Gooding, Idaho.


  • United States Congress. "James Henry Mays (id: M000290)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jacob Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Elmer O. Leatherwood