James M. Gudger, Jr.

James Madison Gudger (* October 22, 1855 in Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina, † February 29, 1920 in Asheville, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1903 and 1915 he represented two times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Gudger was the father of Congressman Katherine G. Langley (1888-1948) from Kentucky. He attended the public schools in Sand Hill and then the Emory and Henry College in Emory ( Virginia). After a subsequent law studies at the Pearson's Law School in Asheville and his 1872 was admitted to the bar he began in his native Marshall to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In 1900, Gudger was elected to the Senate from North Carolina. Between 1901 and 1902 he served as a prosecutor in the 16th Judicial District of the State of. In the congressional elections of 1902 he 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 Abraham Rencher on March 4, 1903. After a re-election he was able to initially complete two terms in Congress until March 3, 1907.

After his preliminary leaving the U.S. House of Representatives Gudger again practiced as a lawyer in Asheville. In the elections of 1910 he made the re-entry into Congress, where he replaced John Gaston Grant on March 4, 1911. Until March 3, 1915, he was able to spend two further terms in the House of Representatives. Since 1913 he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Post Ministry. In 1914 he was not re-elected. After his final retirement from Congress Gudger again worked as a lawyer in Asheville, where he died on 29 February 1920.