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Ollie Murray James

Ollie Murray James
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
March 4, 1913 – August 28, 1918
Preceded by Thomas H. Paynter
Succeeded by George B. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Charles K. Wheeler
Succeeded by Alben W. Barkley
Personal details
Born (1871-07-27)July 27, 1871
Marion, Kentucky
Died August 28, 1918(1918-08-28) (aged 47)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic

Ollie Murray James (July 27, 1871 – August 28, 1918), a Democrat, represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.


James was born and raised in western Kentucky. As a teenager he served as a United States House of Representatives Page in the Kentucky General Assembly. James studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1891, beginning his practice that year.

In 1902 James sought and won election to the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st district, the far western part of the state. He was re-elected to the House four times, serving there from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1913. He was the Chairman of the Democratic National Conventions of 1912 and 1916.[1]

In 1912 James decided to give up his House seat to seek election to the United States Senate. He won that election and was sworn in on March 4, 1913. He served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Patents. He died during his term of office in a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland on August 28, 1918.[2]

He was buried in Mapleview Cemetery in Marion, Kentucky.


  1. ^ KY:Historical Society - Historical Marker Database - Search for Markers at
  2. ^ "Picturesque Kentuckian Succumbs to Kidney Disease in Baltimore at 47 Years.".  
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles K. Wheeler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Alben Barkley
United States Senate
Preceded by
Thomas H. Paynter
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
Succeeded by
George B. Martin

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