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James Campbell CANTRILL

(1870-1923)

CANTRILL, James Campbell, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., July 9, 1870; attended the common schools, Georgetown (Ky.) College, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death; chairman of the Scott County Democratic committee in 1895; elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1897, and again in 1899; served in the State senate 1901-1905; was nominated for Congress in 1904, but declined; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904; elected president of the American Society of Equity for Kentucky, an organization of farmers, in 1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his death during his campaign as the Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky; chairman, Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses); died in Louisville, Ky., September 2, 1923; interment in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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