James Craig (Missouri)

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James Craig

James Craig (February 28, 1818 – October 22, 1888) was an American lawyer and politician from Saint Joseph, Missouri. He represented Missouri in the U.S. House from 1857 until 1861. He also served as an army Captain in the Mexican-American War.

During the American Civil War, Craig served as a brigadier general of U.S. volunteers. From April to November 1862, Craig was the military commander in charge of the overland mail routes in Kansas and Nebraska. On November 2, 1862 he assumed command of the District of Nebraska Territory and commanded until May 5, 1863 when he resigned. Craig again served as a brigadier general, this time in the Missouri State militia, in 1864 and 1865.

He is buried in Mount Mora Cemetery.

James Craig is the namesake of Craig, Missouri.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 173. 

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Preceded by
Mordecai Oliver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th congressional district

1857-1861
Succeeded by
Elijah Hise Norton