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James Whitcomb

Born: Dec 1, 1795

Death: Oct 4, 1852

Birthplace: Windsor County

Nationality: United States

James Whitcomb

Date of Birth : Dec 1, 1795
Date of Death : Oct 4, 1852
Birth Place : Windsor County

James Whitcomb was a Democratic United States Senator and the eighth Governor of Indiana. As governor during the Mexican-American War, he oversaw the formation and deployment of the state's levies. He led the movement to replace the state constitution and played an important role at the convention to institute a law that prevented the government from taking loans in response the current fiscal crisis in Indiana. By skillfully guiding the state through its bankruptcy, Whitcomb is usually credited as being one of the most successful of Indiana's governors. He was elected to the United States Senate after his term as governor but died of kidney disease only two years later.


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