James B. Frazier

James Beriah Frazier ( born October 18, 1856 in Pikeville, Tennessee, † March 28, 1937 in Chattanooga, Tennessee ) was an American politician and 32nd Governor of Tennessee.

Early years and political rise

James Frazier attended Franklin College and graduated in 1878 from the University of Tennessee. He then studied law and earned enough money as a teacher. In 1880 he was admitted as a solicitor and a partner in the law firm based in Chatanooga Dewitt, Shepard and Frazier. Frazier was a member of the Democratic Party. Because of his magnetic personality and his rhetorical skills, he managed to build a political career. In 1900, he supported the Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, and even belonged to his electors. Bryan was defeated in the election but the Republican William McKinley. 1902 Frazier successfully ran for the office of governor.

Governor of Tennessee

As Governor, he laid emphasis on financial savings. This he achieved a considerable reduction in the public debt. Nevertheless, he sat down, and financially, for the expansion of the public school system, especially in the rural parts of the country a. Another concern was to improve the working conditions and safety precautions in the coal mines of the country. He also supported legislation to regulate the sale and trade in alcoholic beverages. 1904 Frazier was confirmed in his office. However, he completed only two months of his second term, and resigned on March 21, 1905, because he was the successor of the late U.S. Senator and former governor William Brimage Bate in the U.S. Senate. The Chairman of the Senate of Tennessee John I. Cox finished the part thereof Frazier's tenure as Governor of Tennessee.

Other career and death

The following years until March 1911 Frazier spent in the Senate in Washington, DC., As a democratic senator, he campaigned for the expansion of the American road net width with the help of federal funds a. It also called for the introduction of a federal income tax. After his re-election in 1910 had failed in the Senate, he moved back to Chatanooga to take up his profession again. There he supported both his Methodist church and a Masonic lodge to which he belonged. Frazier died 1937 in Chattanooga.

He was married to Louise Douglas Keith, with whom he had four children. His son James Beriah Frazier junior was also later involved in politics.