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James Thompson FARLEY

(1829-1886)
Senate Years of Service:
1879-1885
Party:
Democrat

FARLEY, James Thompson, a Senator from California; born in Albemarle County, Va., August 6, 1829; attended the common schools; moved when quite young to Missouri and then to California in 1850 and settled in Jackson; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Amador County; member, State assembly 1855-1856 and served as speaker in the latter year; member, State senate 1869-1876, and served as president pro tempore 1871-1872; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1879, until March 3, 1885; was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed the practice of law; died in Jackson, Amador County, Calif., on January 22, 1886; interment in the City Cemetery.

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

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