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James Harrison CRAVENS

(1802-1876)

CRAVENS, James Harrison, (second cousin of James Addison Cravens), a Representative from Indiana; born in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Va., August 2, 1802; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Harrisonburg, Va.; moved to Franklin, Pa., in 1823 and resumed the practice of law; moved to Madison, Ind., in 1829 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1831 and 1832; moved to Ripley County, Ind., in 1833, where he practiced law and managed a farm; member of the State senate in 1839; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); unsuccessful candidate of the Free-Soil Party for Governor of Indiana in 1852, member of the State house of representatives in 1856; unsuccessful candidate for election to the attorney generalship of the State in 1856; lieutenant colonel of the Eighty-third Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War; during Morgan’s raid in Indiana he and his soldiers were taken captive; died in Osgood, Ripley County, Ind., December 4, 1876; interment in Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Ind.

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

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