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James T. Farley

James Thompson Farley
United States Senator
from California
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 4, 1885
Preceded by Aaron A. Sargent
Succeeded by Leland Stanford
Personal details
Born (1829-08-06)August 6, 1829
Albemarle County, Virginia
Died January 22, 1886(1886-01-22) (aged 56)
Jackson, California
Political party Democratic

James Thompson Farley (August 6, 1829 – January 22, 1886) was an American politician.

He was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, and moved to Missouri and then California at an early age. There he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1854, commencing practice in Amador County.

He was elected to the California State Assembly from Amador County and served 1855 to 1857, acting as Speaker in 1856. He was a member of the California State Senate from 1869 until 1876, serving as president pro tempore from 1871 to 1872.

He was for several years the recognized leader of the Democratic Party in California, and in 1874 was defeated as a candidate for the U.S. Senate by Governor Newton Booth. He was elected to the Senate from California in 1878 and served from 1879 until 1885. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884.

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