James Hugh Relfe

James Hugh Relfe ( born October 17, 1791 in Virginia; † September 14, 1863 in Caledonia, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1847 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The exact birthplace of James Relfe is not known. Around the year 1816 he came with his father to Caledonia in what was then Missouri Territory. He received a rather average education. After a subsequent medical studies and his medical license, he began to work in this occupation in Caledonia. Later he became a member of the Commission for reallocation of still derived from the Spanish colonial period land structures. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

Between 1835 and 1844 Relfe was a member of the House of Representatives from Missouri. He was also a participant in the Black Hawk War. In February 1841 he was appointed U.S. Marshal for Missouri. In the congressional elections of 1842 was Relfe in the then newly created third electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1843. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1847 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican-American war since 1845.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives James Relfe practiced as a doctor again in Caledonia, where he died on 14 September 1863.