James Frankland Briggs

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Hon.
James Frankland Briggs
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1883
Preceded by Samuel Newell Bell
Succeeded by Ossian Ray
Speaker of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1897–1899
Preceded by Stephen S. Jewett
Succeeded by Frank Dunklee Currier
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1897–1897
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1891–1891
Delegate to the
New Hampshire
Constitutional Convention
In office
1889–1889
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1883–1883
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1874–1874
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1856–1858
Personal details
Born October 23, 1827
Bury, Lancashire, England
Died January 21, 1905
Manchester, New Hampshire
Resting place Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Children Frank Obadiah Briggs
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Union Army
Rank Union army maj rank insignia.jpg Major
Commands New Hampshire 11th Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry.
Battles/wars Civil War

James Frankland Briggs (October 23, 1827 – January 21, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire, father of Frank Obadiah Briggs.

Biography[edit]

Briggs was born to John and Nancy (Frankland) Briggs, on October 23, 1827 in Bury, Lancashire, England. Briggs immigrated to the United States in 1829 with his parents, who were factory workers in England. The family settled in Holderness (now Ashland), New Hampshire.[1] He attended the common schools and Newbury Academy.

Education[edit]

In 1848 Briggs began the study of law in the office of William O. Thompson of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Because his father was dying, Briggs returned home, staying for a year, he continued to study law while at home. Later Briggs went to work for Hon, Joseph Barrows of Holderness, New Hampshire,continuing to study law with Judge Joseph Burrows of Holderness.[2] Briggs was admitted to the bar in 1851, practicing in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, until 1871.

He moved to Manchester and

Civil War service[edit]

At the out break of the Civil War Briggs enlisted in the Eleventh Eleventh Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry[2] serving as a Major. Briggs was appointed as quartermaster on the staff of Colonel Walter Harriman.[2]

Briggs served as member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives 1856-1858 and in 1874. Briggs served in the New Hampshire Senate in 1876.[2]

Briggs was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Forty-seventh Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1882 and resumed the practice of law.

He was again a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1883, 1891, and 1897, serving as speaker in 1897. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1889. He died in Manchester, January 21, 1905, and was interred in Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland, New Hampshire.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, George Waldo (1922), The History of Hillsborough New Hampshire 1735-1921, Volume Two Biography and Genealogy., Hillsborough, New Hampshire: Town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, p. 86. 
  2. ^ a b c d Browne, George Waldo (1922), The History of Hillsborough New Hampshire 1735-1921, Volume Two Biography and Genealogy., Hillsborough, New Hampshire: Town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, p. 87. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Newell Bell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1883
Succeeded by
Ossian Ray
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen S. Jewett
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
1897–1899
Succeeded by
Frank Dunklee Currier