James J. Winans

James January Winans ( born June 7, 1818 in Maysville, Kentucky, † April 28, 1879 in Xenia, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1869 and 1871 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth, James Winans moved with his parents in the Greene County, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. He then studied at the Transylvania University in Lexington. After a subsequent law degree in 1841 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began in 1843 to work in Xenia in this profession. From 1845 to 1851 he was employed by the court administration in Greene County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In 1857 he sat in the Senate of Ohio; in 1863 he was a member of the local House of Representatives. From 1864 to 1871 he worked as an appellate judge.

In the congressional elections of 1868 Winans was in the seventh election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat Samuel Shellabarger on March 4, 1869. Since he lost in 1870 against Shellabarger, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1871. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. James Winans died on April 28, 1879 in Xenia, where he was also buried.