James A. Cravens
James Addison Cravens
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 2nd district
March 4, 1861 – March 4, 1865
|Preceded by||William H. English|
|Succeeded by||Michael C. Kerr|
|Member of the Indiana House of Representatives|
|Member of the Indiana Senate|
|Born||November 4, 1818|
Rockingham County, Virginia, US
|Died||June 20, 1893 (aged 74)|
Hardinsburg, Indiana, US
James Addison Cravens (November 4, 1818 – June 20, 1893) was a nineteenth-century politician and military veteran from Indiana who served two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1861 to 1865. He was the second cousin of James Harrison Cravens.
Born in Rockingham County, Virginia, Cravens moved near Hardinsburg, Indiana with his father in 1820 where he attended public schools as a child. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and livestock raising.
served in the Mexican–American War as Major (United States) of the 2nd Indiana Volunteer Regiment from 1846 to 1847 and was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1848 and 1849. Cravens served in the Indiana Senate from 1850 to 1853, was commissioned a brigadier general in the Indiana Militia in 1854.
He was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1860, serving from 1861 to 1865, not being a candidate for renomination in 1864. During the lame-duck session of the 38th Congress, he voted against the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.
Later career and death
- United States Congress. "James A. Cravens (id: C000883)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-18