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James Rariden (February 14, 1795 – October 20, 1856) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

James Rariden
James Rariden from Who-When-What Book, 1900
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district
In office
Preceded byJohnathan McCarty
Succeeded byAndrew Kennedy
Personal details
Born(1795-02-14)February 14, 1795
near Cynthiana, Kentucky
DiedOctober 20, 1856(1856-10-20) (aged 61)
Cambridge City, Indiana
Political partyWhig
OccupationAttorney, politician

Born near Cynthiana, Kentucky, Rariden received a limited schooling. He moved to Brookville, Indiana, and later to Salisbury, where he served as deputy clerk of court and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1818 and began practice in Centerville, Indiana, in 1820. He served as prosecuting attorney 1822–1825. He served in the State senate in 1823 and as a member of the State house of representatives in 1829, 1830, 1832, and 1833.

Rariden was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1841). In 1846, he moved to Cambridge City, Indiana. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850. He died in Cambridge City, Indiana on October 20, 1856 and was interred in Riverside Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "James Rariden (id: R000066)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Johnathan McCarty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Andrew Kennedy