James M. Hanks

James Milla Santander Hanks ( born February 12, 1833 in Helena, Arkansas, † May 24, 1909 ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1873 he represented the first electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Hanks attended the public schools of his home and then the College of New Albany (Indiana ) and the Jackson College in Columbia ( Tennessee). He finished his studies in 1855 with a law degree from the University of Louisville. After qualifying as a lawyer, he began to practice in his new profession in Helena. Between 1864 and 1868 he was a judge in the first judicial district of Arkansas.

Hanks was a member of the Democrats. In the congressional elections of 1870 he was in the first district of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1871, the successor of the Republican Logan Holt Roots, whom he had defeated in the election. Since he resigned in 1872 to further candidacy, Hanks was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1873.

After the end of his time in the House of Representatives Hanks moved back out of politics. In the following years he worked among others in agriculture. He died in 1909 in his birthplace of Helena and was also buried there.