James E. Cobb

James Edward Cobb ( born October 5, 1835 in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia, † June 2, 1903 in East Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico) was an American lawyer, judge and politician ( Democratic Party).


James Edward Cobb attended the public schools and graduated in June 1856 at Emory College in Oxford ( Georgia). He studied law and practiced after receiving his license to practice law. Cobb moved to Texas in 1857. After the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861 he joined the Confederate Army, where he held the rank of Lieutenant in the Company F, 5th Texas Regiment. Later he served until his capture at the Battle of Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia.

After the war he settled in Tuskegee ( Alabama), where he worked as a lawyer until 1874. Then he held 1874-1886 the post of magistrate. He was in 1886 elected to the office, but he was elected to the U.S. Congress before he could take up the post again.

Cobb was elected to the 50th U.S. Congress and reelected to the four succeeding U.S. Congresses. His re-election to the 54th U.S. Congress was successfully challenged by Albert T. Goodwyn. Cobb served in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 March 1887 to 21 April 1896. Afterwards he returned to his law practice in Tuskegee. He took 1901 as a delegate to participate in the Constituent Assembly of Alabama.

Cobb died in 1903 in East Las Vegas ( New Mexico), was then Tuskegge (Alabama ) transferred, where he was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.