James Bradford Foley

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James Bradford Foley (October 18, 1807 – December 5, 1886) was an American politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1857 to 1859.


Born near Dover, Kentucky, Foley received a limited schooling. He was employed on a flatboat on the Mississippi River in 1823. He moved to Greensburg, Indiana, in 1834. He engaged in mercantile pursuits 1834-1837, and afterwards in farming. Treasurer of Decatur County 1841-1843. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1850. He was appointed commander of the Fourth Brigade of State militia in 1852.


Foley was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859).

Later career and death

He resumed agricultural pursuits in Decatur County.

He died in Greensburg, Indiana, December 5, 1886. He was interred in South Park Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "James Bradford Foley (id: F000236)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
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