James M. H. Beale

James Madison Hite Beale ( born February 7, 1786 in Mount Airy, Shenandoah County, Virginia; † August 2, 1866 in Putnam County, West Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1837, and again from 1849 to 1853, he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Beale attended the common schools and worked in agriculture. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the years 1818 and 1819 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. Later he became a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1832 Beale was in the 16th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Armstrong on March 4, 1833. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1837 two legislative sessions. Since the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President. Since 1835 Beale was chairman of the pension committee for disability.

After the end of his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked again in agriculture. In 1848 he was elected to Congress again in the 14th district of his state, where he was able to complete 1849-1853, succeeding Robert A. Thompson two other legislative periods. From 1849 to 1851 he was chairman of the Committee for the control of expenditure on state property. 1852 renounced Beale on another candidacy. In the following years he worked again in agriculture.