James La Fayette Cottrell

James La Fayette Cottrell ( * August 25, 1808 in King William, King William County, Virginia; † September 7, 1885 in Cedar Keys, Florida ) is an American politician (Democratic Party).


James Cottrell completed his preparatory studies. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Hayneville (Alabama ). Cottrell was in the years 1834, 1836 and 1837 Member of the House of Representatives from Alabama. Then he sat 1838-1841 in the Senate from Alabama, where he was president of the Chamber in 1840. Cottrell was elected to the 29th Congress, there to fill the vacancy that was created by the resignation of William Lowndes Yancey. He belonged to the House of Representatives of the United States on December 7, 1846 to March 3, 1847. Then he moved to Florida in 1854. He was State Senator 1865-1885. In addition, he was appointed tax collector in Cedar Keys, a position which he held until his death in 1885. He was buried at the city cemetery in Old Town ( Florida).