James W. Owens (congressman)

James W. Owens (* October 26, 1838 in Franklin County, Indiana, † March 30, 1900 in Newark, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1889 and 1893 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1862, James Owens graduated from Miami University in Oxford ( Ohio). At the beginning of the Civil War he served in various units in the army of the Union, where he rose to become captain. After a subsequent law studies in 1864 and 1864 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his 1865 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Newark in this profession. During 1867 and 1869 he was elected district attorney in the local Licking County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1875 to 1879 he was a member and President of the State Senate. Between 1878 and 1896 he also served as a board member of the Miami University.

In the congressional elections of 1888 Owens was in the 16th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Beriah Wilkins on March 4, 1889. After a re-election as successor of Charles Preston Wickham in the 14th District, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1893 two legislative sessions. Since 1891 he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Interior. In 1892 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Owens practiced as a lawyer again. He died on March 30, 1900 in Newark, where he was also buried.