James Beverley Sener

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James Beverley Sener
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3rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Wyoming Territory
In office
December 18, 1879 – July 5, 1884
Appointed by Rutherford B. Hayes
Preceded by Joseph W. Fisher
Succeeded by John W. Lacey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by John Critcher
Succeeded by Beverly B. Douglas
Personal details
Born (1837-05-18)May 18, 1837
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Died November 18, 1903(1903-11-18) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Citizens Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
Washington College
Occupation Attorney, journalist

James Beverley Sener (May 18, 1837 – November 18, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia and the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Wyoming Territory.


Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Sener attended private schools and in 1859 was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He earned a law degree from Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) at Lexington in 1860. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He became Sheriff of Fredericksburg in 1860, and was Sergeant of the city of Fredericksburg 1863–1865.

He served as Army correspondent of the Southern Associated Press with the army of Gen. Robert E. Lee. He became editor of the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Ledger in 1865. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872.

Sener was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875) after defeating Democrat Everitt M. Braxton. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Forty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession. He served as Chief Justice of Wyoming Territory 1879–1884. He died in Washington, D.C., on November 18, 1903. He was interred in Citizens Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia.


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

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

Succeeded by
Beverly B. Douglas