James M. Ritchie

James Monroe Ritchie ( born July 28, 1829 in Dunfermline, Scotland, † August 17, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1881 and 1883 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1832, James Ritchie came with his parents from his native Scotland in the St. Lawrence County in upstate New York. He received only a limited education, and was occasionally informed by his parents at home. After studying law and his 1858 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Toledo in this profession. Politically, he joined the Republican Party. In June 1880 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in part in Chicago, was nominated for the James A. Garfield as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1880 Ritchie was the sixth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William D. Hill on March 4, 1881. Since he resigned in 1882 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1883. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Ritchie again practiced as a lawyer. He died on August 17, 1918 in Toledo and was buried in Grafton. His son Byron (1853-1928) was also a congressman.