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James Addison CRAVENS

(1818-1893)

CRAVENS, James Addison, (second cousin of James Harrison Cravens), a Representative from Indiana; born in Rockingham County, Va., November 4, 1818; moved with his father to Indiana in 1820 and settled near Hardinsburg, Madison Township, Washington County; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; served in the war with Mexico as major of the Second Indiana Volunteers in 1846 and 1847; member of the State house of representatives in 1848 and 1849; served in the State senate 1850-1853; commissioned brigadier general of militia in 1854; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865); was not a candidate for renomination in 1864; delegate to the Union National Convention of Conservatives at Philadelphia in 1866 and to the Democratic National Convention in 1868; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Hardinsburg, Washington County, Ind., June 20, 1893; interment in the Hardin Cemetery.

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

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