Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Kelly, James Kerr

Kelly, James Kerr, a Senator from Oregon; born in Center County, Pa., February 16, 1819; attended the country schools and Milton and Lewisburg Academies; was graduated from Princeton College in 1839; studied law at Carlisle, Pa.; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Lewis-town, Mifflin County, Pa.; deputy attorney general for Mifflin County, Pa.; went to the California gold fields in 1849, and later, in 1851, to Oregon Territory and settled in Portland, where he engaged in the practice of law; one of three commissioners for the codification of the Territorial laws in 1852; served in the Territorial legislature 1853-1857 and was twice its president; lieutenant colonel of the First Regiment, Oregon Mounted Volunteers, in the Yakima Indian War in 1855 and 1856; a member of the State constitutional convention in 1857 and a framer of the Oregon constitution; served in the State senate 1860-1864; appointed by President Buchanan in 1860 United States district attorney for Oregon, but declined to accept the position; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1866 for Governor of Oregon; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for reelection; chief justice of the State supreme court 1878-1882; resumed the practice of his profession in Portland, Oreg.; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1890 and continued the practice of his profession until his death there on September 15, 1903; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Kelly, James Kerr," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1399 Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5ABZBL5ZLMIW9H7.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Kelly, James Kerr." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1399, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5ABZBL5ZLMIW9H7.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Kelly, James Kerr' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1399. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5ABZBL5ZLMIW9H7.