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, U.S.
Died August 28, 1918(1918-08-28) (aged 47)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic

Ollie Murray James (July 27, 1871  August 28, 1918) was an American politician. A Democrat, he 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 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 kentucky.gov
  2. "Picturesque Kentuckian Succumbs to Kidney Disease in Baltimore at 47 Years.". New York Times. August 29, 1918. Retrieved 2009-02-02. Senator Ollie M. James of Kentucky, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 6:45 A.M today of an acute affection of the kidneys. Mrs. James and the Senator's brother, E.H. James, were with him when the end came.
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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