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James Madison Hite Beale (February 7, 1786 – August 2, 1866) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Mount Airy, Virginia, Beale pursued preparatory studies. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the State house of delegates from 1818 to 1819.

Beale was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837). He served as chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions (Twenty-fourth Congress). He resumed agricultural pursuits.

Beale was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Thirty-first Congress), Committee on Manufactures (Thirty-second Congress). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852. He resumed agricultural pursuits. He died in Putnam County, W.Virginia, August 2, 1866. He was interred in Beale Cemetery, near Gallipolis Ferry, Mason County, W.Virginia.


  • United States Congress. "James M. H. Beale (id: B000266)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Armstrong
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 16th congressional district

March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Succeeded by
Isaac S. Pennybacker
Preceded by
Robert A. Thompson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 14th congressional district

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
District eliminated