James Phelan, Jr.

James Phelan Jr. ( born December 7, 1856 in Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi; † 30 January 1891 in Nassau, Bahamas ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1891 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1867, James Phelan moved with his eponymous father, James Phelan ( 1821-1873 ), a former deputies in the Congress of the Confederate States, to Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended private schools. He then completed until 1871, the Kentucky Military Institute. In the following years he studied until 1878 at the University of Leipzig in Germany philosophy. Then he returned to Memphis, where he edited a daily newspaper. After studying law and its made ​​in 1881 admitted to the bar he began to work there in his new profession.

Politically Phelan was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1886, he was in the tenth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Zachary Taylor on March 4, 1887. After a re-election, he could remain until his death on 30 January 1891 at the Congress. Phelan publications include an essay on the history of the State of Tennessee with the title "History of Tennessee, the Making of a State." He was married to Mary Early, with whom he had three children.