James Jefferson Britt

James Jefferson Britt ( born March 4, 1861 Unicoi County, Tennessee, † December 26, 1939 in Asheville, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1915 and 1917, and again in March 1919, he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Britt attended the public schools of his home. At times, he also enjoyed a private education; then he worked in the teaching profession. Between 1886 and 1893 he headed the Burnsville Academy in North Carolina. In the years 1894-1896 he was a school board in Mitchell County. At that time he also led the Bowman Academy in Bakersville. Between 1896 and 1899 Britt worked for the tax office in Asheville. After studying law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his made ​​in 1900 admitted to the bar he began working in Asheville in this profession.

Politically, Britt member of the Republican Party. In 1904 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, was nominated to the President Theodore Roosevelt for re-election. Two years later, in 1906, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the years 1906 and 1907 Britt served as Deputy Attorney General. From 1909 to 1911 he sat in the Senate of North Carolina. In the years 1909 and 1910 he worked for the U.S. Post Office Department and then for the Department of Justice. Thereafter he served until 1913 as Third Assistant Postmaster General in the Ministry of Postal Services.

In the congressional elections of 1914, Britt was in the tenth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James M. Gudger on March 4, 1915. Since he Democrat Zebulon Weaver was defeated in 1916, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1917. Britt appealed against the election results a complaint, which, however, only on March 1, 1919 - and was granted - two days before the end of the legislature. He was between the 1st and March 3rd, 1919 again MP for the tenth district of his state. In 1918 he applied unsuccessfully to his whereabouts in Congress.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Britt practiced as a lawyer again. Between 1922 and 1932 he worked for the Bureau of Prohibition, an agency of the Ministry of Finance. In 1926 he applied unsuccessfully for the post of Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court James Britt died on December 26, 1939 in Asheville, where he was also buried. He was married to Mary J. Mosley (1863-1915), with whom he had five children.