James A. Hemenway

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James A. Hemenway
United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1909
Preceded byCharles W. Fairbanks
Succeeded byBenjamin F. Shively
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byArthur H. Taylor
Succeeded byJohn H. Foster
Personal details
James Alexander Hemenway

(1860-03-08)March 8, 1860
Boonville, Indiana
DiedFebruary 10, 1923(1923-02-10) (aged 62)
Miami, Florida
Resting placeMaple Grove Cemetery, Boonville
Political partyRepublican

James Alexander Hemenway (March 8, 1860 – February 10, 1923) was an American lawyer and politician who served as a United States representative from 1895 to 1905, and Senator from Indiana from 1905 to 1909.


Born in Boonville, Indiana, he attended the common schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Boonville in 1885.

Early career

He was prosecuting attorney for the second judicial circuit of Indiana from 1886 to 1890.

U.S. House of Representatives

He was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, until his resignation, effective March 3, 1905, at the close of the Fifty-eighth Congress, having been elected Senator.[1] While in the House of Representatives, he was chairman of the Committee on Appropriations (Fifty-eighth Congress).

U.S. Senate

Hemenway was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles W. Fairbanks and served from March 4, 1905, to March 3, 1909; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on University of the United States (Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses).

Later career

After the Senate, he resumed the practice of law in Boonville. He donated generously to the Old Presbyterian Church in Boonville, which his family had attended for generations.[2]

Death and burial

He died in Miami, Florida; interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Boonville.

Hemenway is the namesake of the community of Hemenway, Missouri.[3]


  1. ^ "S. Doc. 58-1 - Fifty-eighth Congress. (Extraordinary session -- beginning November 9, 1903.) Official Congressional Directory for the use of the United States Congress. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing by A.J. Halford. Special edition. Corrections made to November 5, 1903". GovInfo.gov. U.S. Government Printing Office. 9 November 1903. p. 27. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Makes Room For Organ" (PDF). The Diapason. 2 (3): 2. February 1, 1911.
  3. ^ "Ripley County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from Indiana
Served alongside: Albert J. Beveridge
Succeeded by