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James Noble (December 16, 1785 – February 26, 1831) was the first U.S. Senator from the U.S. state of Indiana.

James Noble
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James Noble from Who-When-What Book, 1900
United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
December 11, 1816 – February 26, 1831
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byRobert Hanna
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
1816
Personal details
BornDecember 16, 1785
Berryville, Virginia
DiedFebruary 26, 1831(1831-02-26) (aged 45)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican (until 1824)
National Republican Party (1824-1831)

Noble was born near Berryville, Virginia and moved with his parents to Campbell County, Kentucky when he was 10. There he studied law and he became an attorney, after which he moved to Indiana and settled in Brookville around 1808.

Once settled in Indiana he became a ferryboat operator, a judge and a member of the state's first constitutional convention, in 1816, as a delegate from Franklin County.

He was elected to the first session of the Indiana State House of Representatives in 1816.

He was elected as a Crawford faction Democratic Republican (later an anti-Jacksonian Democrat) to the United States Senate in 1816. He was reelected to two more terms and served from December 11, 1816, until his death in 1831.

While in the Senate he was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Pensions for the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th Congresses, and chairman of the U.S. Committee on the Militia for the 16th and 17th Congresses.

He died in Washington, D.C. and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery.

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External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "James Noble (id: N000118)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Delegates to the 1816 Constitutional Convention
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
None
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Indiana
1816–1831
Served alongside: Waller Taylor, William Hendricks
Succeeded by
Robert Hanna