|United States Senator
August 16, 1843 – March 3, 1847
|Preceded by||Samuel McRoberts|
|Succeeded by||Stephen A. Douglas|
|Member of Illinois House of Representatives|
January 5, 1798|
Green County, Kentucky
|Died||December 20, 1866
|Profession||Attorney, soldier, businessman|
United States Army
|Battles/wars||Black Hawk War|
Born in Green County, Kentucky, he had some private education as well as public schooling before enlisting in the Army in 1814 and being an ensign in the Kentucky Militia in 1816. He moved to Edwardsville, Illinois, in 1818 and to Chariton, Missouri, in 1819. During the Black Hawk War of 1832, he served as an adjutant.
Semple served in the Illinois House of Representatives and was the speaker of the house from 1834 to 1838. Semple unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 1836. President Martin Van Buren appointed him as Chargé d'Affaires to New Granada on October 14, 1837, and he served in that capacity until March 4, 1842.
Semple was the judge of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1842 to 1843. He was appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel McRoberts and served from August 16, 1843, to March 3, 1847. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1846.
- United States Congress. "James Semple (id: S000239)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Illinois
Served alongside: Sidney Breese
Stephen A. Douglas
Robert B. McAfee
|United States Chargé d'Affaires, New Granada
April 21, 1838 – March 4, 1842
William M. Blackford