James Coffield Mitchell

James Coffield Mitchell (* March 1786 in Staunton, Virginia; † August 7, 1843 in Jackson, Mississippi ) was an American politician. Between 1825 and 1829 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Mitchell attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in his new profession. He later moved into the Rhea County in Tennessee. Between 1813 and 1817 he was a prosecutor in the second judicial district of this state. In 1817 he moved to Athens.

In the 1820s, Mitchell joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson. In the congressional elections of 1824 he was in the third electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Blair on March 4, 1825. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1829 two legislative sessions. These were dominated by discussions between supporters and opponents of Andrew Jackson. Since 1827 Mitchell was Chairman of the Pension Committee for military personnel. In 1828, he was not confirmed.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives was James Mitchell 1830-1836 Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District of Tennessee. He then moved to the Hinds County, Mississippi. There he worked in the vicinity of the capital Jackson in agriculture. Politically, he had now deserted by Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Whig party. As the candidate he applied unsuccessfully to the respective governor of Mississippi and a Congress mandate for that State. James Mitchell was the author of the book " Mitchell's Justice". He died on August 7, 1843 near Jackson.