James M. Hinds

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James M. Hinds (December 5, 1833 – October 22, 1868) of Little Rock, represented Arkansas in the United States Congress from June 24, 1868 through October 22, 1868 when he was assassinated by a member of the Ku Klux Klan[1][2] named George A. Clark, Secretary of the Democratic Committee of Monroe County.[3] The assassination was deemed to be politically motivated. Governor Clayton feared that it was a precursor to general attack on state officers to seize control of the government and the polls prior to the election and sought to have the colored militia armed, but the insurrection did not take place and the election went smoothly.[4] Hinds was the first sitting member of Congress assassinated.

Hinds had previously served as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

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40th United States Congress


  1. ^ [Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 by Eric Foner, HarperCollins: March 1989, p. 342.]
  2. ^ http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4630
  3. ^ http://www1.shore.net/~persnav/page29.htm
  4. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=1yzEQM0TYScC&pg=PA210&lpg=PA210&dq=%2B%22james+hinds%22+%2Bassassination&source=web&ots=LoVYgvjyqk&sig=PWICizaWfZlleImWQUDGvwghDpY&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=10&ct=result

Further reading[edit]

  • Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 HarperCollins: March 1989, p. 342.
  • Trelease, Allen W.White terror: the Ku Klux Klan conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995 (2nd edition); New York : Harper & Row, c1971 (1st edition).
  • U.S. Congress (2006). "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - 2005". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved May 1, 2006. 
  • Office of the Clerk (2006). "Congressional History". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved May 1, 2006. [dead link]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

June 22, 1868 - October 22, 1868
Succeeded by
District inactive