James F. Strother

James French Strother ( born September 4, 1811 in Culpeper, Virginia; † September 20, 1860 ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1853 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Strother was the son of Congressman George Strother (1783-1840) and the grandfather of James F. Strother (1868-1930), who represented the state of West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. He attended the common schools and then studied at St. Louis University in Missouri. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in Washington, the village in Rappahannock County to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. Between 1840 and 1851 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia; in 1851 he was its president. A year earlier, in 1850, he took part in a meeting to Überarbeitubng the Constitution of Virginia as a delegate.

In the congressional elections of 1850 was Strother in the ninth constituency of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jeremiah Morton on March 4, 1851. Until March 3, 1853, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was marked by the heated debate surrounding the issue of slavery. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Strother again practiced as a lawyer. He died on September 20, 1860 near Culpeper.