James A. McKenzie

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James A. McKenzie
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by John Y. Brown
Succeeded by James Franklin Clay
48th Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 5, 1883 – August 30, 1887
Governor J. Proctor Knott
Preceded by Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn
Succeeded by George Madison Adams
United States Ambassador to Peru
In office
June 24, 1893 – April 13, 1897
Preceded by John Hicks
Succeeded by Irving B. Dudley
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1840-08-01)August 1, 1840
Bennettstown, Kentucky
Died June 25, 1904(1904-06-25) (aged 63)
Oak Grove, Kentucky
Resting place Fairview Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Amelia C. Parish Blakey
Relations Uncle of John McKenzie Moss
Alma mater Centre College
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
 Confederate States
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Private
Battles/wars American Civil War

James Andrew McKenzie (August 1, 1840 – June 25, 1904) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and uncle of John McKenzie Moss.

Born in Bennettstown, Kentucky, McKenzie attended the common schools of Christian County and Centre College, Danville, Kentucky. He studied law and admitted to the bar in 1861, and commenced practice in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. McKenzie also engaged in agricultural pursuits during this time.

During the Civil War he served as a private in the Confederate States Army.

Following the war, he served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1867 to 1871. McKenzie later was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh United States Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882.

McKenzie then served as Secretary of State of Kentucky under Governor J. Proctor Knott from 1884 to 1888 and as commissioner from Kentucky to the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Illinois in 1893. In that same year, he was appointed Minister to Peru by President Grover Cleveland.

He resigned and settled on his farm near Long View, Kentucky. He died at Oak Grove, Kentucky, on June 25, 1904. He was interred in Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Kentucky.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Y. Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1877–March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
James Franklin Clay
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Hicks
United States Minister to Peru
24 June 1893–13 April 1897
Succeeded by
Irving B. Dudley

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.