James Israel Standifer

James Israel Standifer (* about 1782 in Virginia; † August 20, 1837 in Kingston, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1823 and 1825, and again from 1829 to 1837, he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The exact date of birth of James Standifer and his place of birth are unknown. He attended the public schools in Virginia, and then studied at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He then began a career in politics. Standifer was initially a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1822 he was in the then newly created ninth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1823. Until March 3, 1825, he was initially able to complete a term in Congress.

After the dissolution of his party to Standifer joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In the elections of that year he was elected to Congress again in the third district, where he replaced James Coffield Mitchell on March 4, 1829. After four elections he could remain until his death on August 20, 1837 in Congress. Since 1833 he represented there as a successor of Jacob C. Isacks the fourth constituency. He also joined in the 1830s by the Democratic Party to the opposition and was named after the founding of the Whig Party in 1835 whose member. Since 1829 has been discussed in Congress violently on the policies of President Jackson. It was about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President.

According to his biography of James Standifer Congress died on 20 August 1837 in the vicinity of Kingston and was buried in this city. This information is however disputed by the authorities at the local Roane County, as they could find in their archives no note on Standifers death or his burial.