Ollie Murray James

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Ollie Murray James (July 27, 1871 – August 28, 1918) was an American politician. A Democrat, he represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Ollie Murray James
Ollie Murray James, senator from Kentucky.jpg
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
March 4, 1913 – August 28, 1918
Preceded byThomas H. Paynter
Succeeded byGeorge B. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byCharles K. Wheeler
Succeeded byAlben W. Barkley
Personal details
Born(1871-07-27)July 27, 1871
Marion, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedAugust 28, 1918(1918-08-28) (aged 47)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic


James was born and raised in western Kentucky. As a teenager he served as a page in the Kentucky General Assembly. James studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1891, beginning his practice that year.

In 1902 James sought and won election to the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st district, the far western part of the state. He was re-elected to the House four times, serving there from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1913. He was the Chairman of the Democratic National Conventions of 1912 and 1916.[1]

In 1912 James decided to give up his House seat to seek election to the United States Senate. He won that election in the Kentucky state legislature on 9 and 16 January 1912[2] and was sworn in on March 4, 1913. He served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Patents. He died during his term of office in a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland on August 28, 1918.[3]

He was buried in Mapleview Cemetery in Marion, Kentucky.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ KY:Historical Society – Historical Marker Database – Search for Markers Archived 2007-10-13 at the Wayback Machine at kentucky.gov
  2. ^ Rhoades, Henry Eckford (1838). "The Tribune almanac and political register".
  3. ^ "Picturesque Kentuckian Succumbs to Kidney Disease in Baltimore at 47 Years". New York Times. August 29, 1918. Retrieved 2009-02-02. Senator Ollie M. James of Kentucky, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 6:45 A.M today of an acute affection of the kidneys. Mrs. James and the Senator's brother, E.H. James, were with him when the end came.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
Succeeded by