James Pike (politician)

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James Pike
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byGeorge W. Kittredge
Succeeded byGilman Marston
Personal details
BornNovember 10, 1818
Salisbury, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 26, 1895(1895-07-26) (aged 76)
Newfields, New Hampshire
Resting placeLocust Cemetery
Political partyKnow Nothing
Other political
Alma materWesleyan University
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of serviceNovember 1, 1862 – August 20, 1863
RankUnion Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Unit16th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

James Pike (November 10, 1818 – July 26, 1895) was a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire and served with the Union army during the American Civil War.


Born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, Pike pursued classical studies, then studied theology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut from 1837 to 1839. He served as a minister from 1841 to 1854. He moved to Pembroke, New Hampshire, in 1854. Pike was elected as an American Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1859). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1858. During the Civil War, Pike served as colonel of the 16th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, from November 1, 1862, to August 20, 1863. He fought in the Siege of Port Hudson in 1863. He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of New Hampshire in 1871. He resumed preaching and became presiding elder of the Dover district. He discontinued active duties in 1886 and lived in retirement until his death in Newfields, New Hampshire, July 26, 1895. He was interred in Locust Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "James Pike (id: P000347)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Kittredge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1859
Succeeded by
Gilman Marston