James J. Winans

James January Winans (June 7, 1818 – April 28, 1879) was an American lawyer and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1869 to 1971.

James January Winans
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Preceded bySamuel Shellabarger
Succeeded bySamuel Shellabarger
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 4, 1858 – January 1, 1860
Preceded byNelson Rush
Succeeded byJohn Quincy Smith
Personal details
Born(1818-06-07)June 7, 1818
Maysville, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedApril 28, 1879(1879-04-28) (aged 60)
Xenia, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, Xenia, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma materTransylvania University


Born in Maysville, Kentucky, Winans moved with his parents to Greene County, Ohio. He attended the common schools and Transylvania University of Lexington, Kentucky. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1841 and commenced practice in Indiana. He moved to Xenia, Ohio, in 1843 and continued the practice of law. He served as clerk of the Greene County Courts 1845-1851. He served in the State senate in 1857. He served as judge of the court of common pleas 1864-1871.

Winans was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Xenia, Ohio, April 28, 1879. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "James J. Winans (id: W000626)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by