Francis James (congressman)

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This article is about the Pennsylvania Congressman. For the Australian publisher and eccentric, see Francis James.
Francis James
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by See below
Succeeded by Charles Jared Ingersoll
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1799-04-01)April 1, 1799
Thornbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Died January 4, 1886(1886-01-04) (aged 86)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Political party Anti-Masonic

Francis James (April 4, 1799 – January 4, 1886) was an Anti-Masonic and Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Francis James was born in Thornbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1825 and commenced practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1834 to 1836.

James was elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-sixth Congress and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business during the Twenty-seventh Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, and served as chief burgess in 1850. He died in West Chester in 1886. Interment in Oakland Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Potts, Jr.
Edward Darlington
Edward Davies
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district


1839–1841 alongside: John Edwards and Edward Davies
1841–1843 alongside: Jeremiah Brown and John Edwards

Succeeded by
Charles J. Ingersoll