James Kerr Kelly (1816 - 1903)

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Birthplace: Centre, PA, United States
Death: Died
Occupation: US Senator from Oregon
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About James Kerr Kelly

Born in either 1816 or 1819, conflicting records in Centre County, PA. Graduated from Princetown College in 1839 and admitted to the Bar in 1842. He went to CA during gold rush excitement in 1849; early settler in OR in 1859 where he was Legislative Councilor for the years 1853-1857. He took part in the Yakima Indian War during the years1855-1856. He served as State Senator from 1860 to 1864 and was elected to the US Senate from 1871 to 1877. Lawyer; drew up OR constitution; served as judge in supreme court (in OR?); died at his home 1919 North St, Northwest, Washington DC.

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James Kerr Kelly (February 16, 1819 – September 15, 1903) was an American politician born in Pennsylvania. He was a United States Senator for Oregon from 1871 to 1877, and later Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Prior to his election to the Senate he had been elected to both houses of the local legislature, serving in the Territorial House and State Senate, and was a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention in 1857.

Early life


Kelly was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1819. There he attended the school at Milton, and later the Lewisburg Academies. For his higher education, the future Congressman graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1839. James Kelly then studied law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at the Dickinson School of Law and was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania in 1842.


Career


Upon entering the legal profession, Mr. Kelly began private practice in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, then was the deputy attorney general for Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. In 1849 he left for California and the newly discovered gold fields, then moved on to the Oregon Territory in 1851. In Oregon he set up a law practice in Portland and was one of three people selected to help re-write the laws of the territory.


Political career


While living in Oregon, Kelly became active in politics and was elected as a Democrat to the territorial legislature serving from 1853 to 1857, and was selected as president of the legislature twice. In 1857 he was a member of the constitutional convention formed to prepare for Oregon's admission into the Union in 1859. Upon statehood, Kelly was elected to the Oregon State Senate and served from 1860 to 1864. In 1864, he ran for a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives, but lost to Republican James H. D. Henderson. He was also unsuccessful in running for governor in 1866. Then in 1870, he was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and served from March 4, 1871 to March 4, 1877. He did not run for re-election.


From 1878 to 1880 Kelly was a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. He also served as Chief Justice of the court during that time. Kelly was appointed to the position by Governor W. W. Thayer, (along with Justices Reuben P. Boise and Paine Page Prim) as a temporary justice until elections could be held following a reorganization of the Oregon court system. Kelly was not elected to a full term after his partial term expired.


Later life


After retiring from the bench, Kelly went back into private practice in Portland. In 1890 he returned to the east coast, settling in Washington, DC, where he practiced law. James Kerr Kelly died on September 15, 1903 with burial at Rock Creek Cemetery.

James Kerr Kelly

10th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

In office 1878 – 1880

26th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

In office 1878 – 1880

United States Senator from Oregon

In office March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1877

James Kerr Kelly (1819-1903) was an American politician born in Pennsylvania. He was a United States Senator for Oregon from 1871 to 1877, and later Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.[1] Prior to his election to the Senate he had been elected to both houses of the local legislature, serving in the Territorial House and State Senate, and was a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention in 1857.

Kelly was born in Center County, Pennsylvania in 1819.[1] There he attended the school at Milton, and later the Lewisburg Academies.[1] For his higher education, the future Congressman graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1839.[1] James Kelly then studied law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania in 1842.[1]

Upon entering the legal profession, Mr. Kelly began private practice in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, then was the deputy attorney general for Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.[1] In 1849 he left for California and the newly discovered gold fields, then moved on to the Oregon Territory in 1851.[1] In Oregon he set up a law practice in Portland and was one of three people selected to help re-write the laws of the territory.[1]

While living in Oregon, Kelly became active in politics and was elected as a Democrat to the territorial legislature serving from 1853 to 1857, and was selected as president of the legislature twice.[1] In 1857 he was a member of the constitutional convention formed to prepare for Oregon's admission into the Union in 1859.[1] Upon statehood, Kelly was elected to the Oregon State Senate and served from 1860 to 1864.[1] In 1864, he ran for a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives, but lost to Republican James H. D. Henderson.[1] He was also unsuccessful in running for governor in 1866.[1] Then in 1870, he was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and served from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1877. He did not run for re-election.[1]

From 1878-1880 Kelly was a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. He also served as Chief Justice of the court during that time. Kelly was appointed to the position by Governor W. W. Thayer, (along with Justices Reuben P. Boise and Paine Page Prim) as a temporary justice until elections could be held following a reorganization of the Oregon court system. Kelly was not elected to a full term after his partial term expired.[2]

After retiring from the bench, Kelly went back into private practice in Portland.[1] In 1890 he returned to the east coast, settling in Washington, DC, where he practiced law. James Kerr Kelly died on September 15, 1903 with burial at Rock Creek Cemetery.[1]

  1. ^Kelly, James Kerr. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. U.S. Congress. 
  2. ^ Oregon Supreme Court Justices. Oregon Blue Book. State of Oregon.
   * James K. Kelly at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
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Hon. James K. Kelly, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1816
February 16, 1816
Centre, PA, United States
1903
September 15, 1903
Age 87
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OR, United States