James H. Cravens

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James Cravens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byThomas Smith
Succeeded byCaleb B. Smith
Personal details
Born(1802-08-12)August 12, 1802
Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.
DiedDecember 4, 1876(1876-12-04) (aged 74)
Osgood, Indiana, U.S
Political partyFree Soil Party
Other political
Whig (before 1852)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Unit83rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry

James Harrison Cravens (August 12, 1802 – December 4, 1876) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana, second cousin of James Addison Cravens.


Born on August 12, 1802[1] in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Cravens studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He moved to Franklin, Pennsylvania, in 1823 and resumed the practice of law. Later, he moved to Madison, Indiana, in 1829 and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as a member of the State house of representatives in 1831 and 1832. He moved to Ripley County, Indiana, in 1833, where he practiced law and managed a farm. He served as a member of the State senate in 1839.

Cravens was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843). He was an unsuccessful candidate of the Free-Soil Party for Governor of Indiana in 1849, and a member of the State house of representatives in 1856. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the attorney generalship of the State in 1856. He served as lieutenant colonel of the Eighty-third Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War. During Morgan's raid in Indiana, he and his soldiers were taken captive. He died in Osgood, Indiana, December 4, 1876, and was interred in Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Indiana.


  1. ^ "The Story of James Harrison Cravens" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2020. Retrieved June 6, 2020.

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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