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James CRAIG

(1818-1888)

CRAIG, James, a Representative from Missouri; born in Washington County, Pa., February 28, 1818; attended the public schools; moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1821; studied law; and was admitted to the bar in New Philadelphia, Ohio, in 1839; moved to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1844, where he commenced the practice of law; captain of a volunteer company in the Mexican War and served until 1848; State’s attorney for the twelfth judicial circuit 1852-1856; member of the State house of representatives in 1856 and 1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1860; resumed the practice of law; was commissioned brigadier general of Volunteers by President Lincoln March 21, 1862; was the first president of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad and the first comptroller of the city of St. Joseph; died in St. Joseph, Mo., October 22, 1888; interment in Mount Mora Cemetery.

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

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