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James Craig
File:James Craig (Missouri).jpg
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Preceded by Mordecai Oliver
Succeeded by Elijah Hise Norton
Personal details
Born (1818-02-28)February 28, 1818
Washington County, Pennsylvania
Died October 12, 1888(1888-10-12) (aged 70)
St. Joseph, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Profession lawyer

James Craig (February 28, 1818 – October 22, 1888) was an American lawyer and politician from Saint Joseph, Missouri. He represented Missouri in the U.S. House from 1857 until 1861. He also served as an army Captain in the Mexican–American War.

During the American Civil War, Craig served as a brigadier general of U.S. volunteers. From April to November 1862, Craig was the military commander in charge of the overland mail routes in Kansas and Nebraska. On November 2, 1862 he assumed command of the District of Nebraska Territory and commanded until May 5, 1863 when he resigned. Craig again served as a brigadier general, this time in the Missouri State militia, in 1864 and 1865.

He is buried in Mount Mora Cemetery.

James Craig is the namesake of Craig, Missouri.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 173. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_RfAuAAAAYAAJ. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mordecai Oliver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Elijah Hise Norton

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