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James Coffield MITCHELL

(1786-1843)

MITCHELL, James Coffield, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Staunton, Augusta County, Va., in March 1786; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Tennessee and settled in Rhea County; solicitor general of the second district of Tennessee 1813-1817; moved to Athens, McMinn County, in 1817; elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829); chairman, Committee on Military Pensions (Twentieth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; judge of the eleventh circuit 1830-1836; moved to Hinds County, Miss., and settled near Jackson about 1837, engaging in agricultural pursuits; unsuccessful candidate on the Whig ticket for governor of Mississippi and for the state house of representatives; author of “Mitchell’s Justice”; died near Jackson, Miss., August 7, 1843.

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

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