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James Piper TALIAFERRO

(1847-1934)
Senate Years of Service:
1899-1911
Party:
Democrat

TALIAFERRO, James Piper, a Senator from Florida; born in Orange, Orange County, Va., September 30, 1847; attended the common schools and the William Dinwiddie School in Greenwood, Va.; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1864 and served until the close of the war; resumed his studies in college; moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1866; engaged in the lumber business and other commercial enterprises; also engaged in the building of railroads; president of the First National Bank of Tampa; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1899; appointed and subsequently reelected in 1905 and served from April 20, 1899, to March 3, 1911; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Sixtieth Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Sixty-first Congress); again resumed his former business and commercial pursuits in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., until 1920 when he retired from active business pursuits; died in Jacksonville, Fla., October 6, 1934; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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