James Madison Leach

James Madison Leach ( born January 17, 1815 Randolph County, North Carolina, † June 1, 1891 in Lexington, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1859 and 1861, and again from 1871 to 1875, he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Leach attended the public schools of his home and then the Caldwell Institute in Greensboro. Then he ansolvierte to 1838, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After studying law and his 1842 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Lexington in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the American Party a political career. Between 1848 and 1858 was Leach deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1858 he was a candidate of the opposition party in the sixth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Alfred Moore Scales on March 4, 1859. Until March 3, 1861, he was able to complete a term in Congress. After leaving North Carolina from the Union, this state was not represented until the resumption in 1868 in Congress. During the Civil War Leach served as an officer in the army of the Confederacy. He brought it up to lieutenant colonel. In the years 1864 and 1865 he was a deputy in the Congress of the Confederate States.

In the years 1865, 1866 and 1879 Leach sat in the Senate of North Carolina. Meanwhile he had joined the Democratic Party. In the elections of 1870 he was elected to the U.S. Congress again in the fifth district of his state, where he became the successor of Israel G. Lash on March 4, 1871. After a re-election he was able to March 3, 1875 two legislative periods spent in the House of Representatives. In 1874 he gave up another candidacy.

After retiring from Congress James Leach has held no other political office. He died on 1 June 1891 in Lexington.