James Ervin (politician)

James Ervin (* October 17, 1778 in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, † July 7, 1841 in Darlington, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1817 and 1821 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Ervin attended until 1797 the Rhode Iceland college, today's Brown University in Providence. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1800 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Peedee (South Carolina). At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1800 and 1804, and again from 1810 to 1811 was Ervin deputy in the House of Representatives from South Carolina. After that, he was from 1804 to 1816 worked as a prosecutor in the northern judicial district of his state. Between 1809 and 1817 he also served as curator of the South Carolina College, later the University of South Carolina.

In 1816 he was in the third constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Benjamin Huger on March 4, 1817. After a re-election in 1818 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1821 two legislative sessions. 1820 renounced Ervin on another candidacy. In the following years he worked in agriculture. Between 1826 and 1829 he sat in the Senate of South Carolina. In 1832, during the Nullifikationskrise, he was a delegate to the Assembly, which advised on the next steps of South Carolina in this crisis. James Ervin died on July 7, 1841 in Darlington.