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James Broadhead

Born: May 29, 1819

Death: Aug 7, 1898

Birthplace: Charlottesville

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

James Broadhead

Date of Birth : May 29, 1819
Date of Death : Aug 7, 1898
Birth Place : Charlottesville

James Overton Broadhead was an American lawyer and political figure. He was a member of the House of Representatives and of the Missouri senate, he was also the first president of the American Bar Association. Broadhead was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and studied law at St. Louis, Missouri after a one year stay in the University of Virginia. Having received his licence, Broadhead began a private practice in 1842 at Bowling Green, Missouri. Joining the Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1845, it a year later that he participated in the Missouri House of Representatives. From 1850 until 1853 he also served in the Missouri Senate before returning to private practice as a partner in a law firm back in St Louis. He formed the Committee of Safety to oppose the growing southern factions in the lead up to the American Civil War and was a member of the Missouri Constitutional Convention that declared Missouri's loyalty to the Union in 1861. Broadhead was commissioned as a lieutenant-colonel in the 3rd Missouri cavalry and assigned to General Schofield, and was also served as an advisor for the preliminary constitution which dictated the government of Missouri during the Civil War.

Profession


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
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