James Franklin Clay

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James Franklin Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by Polk Laffoon
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Born October 29, 1840
Henderson, Kentucky
Died August 17, 1921(1921-08-17) (aged 80)
Henderson, Kentucky
Political party Democratic
Profession Lawyer

James Franklin Clay (October 29, 1840 – August 17, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born in Henderson, Kentucky, Clay attended public and private schools at Henderson. He graduated from Georgetown College, Kentucky, in June 1860. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1862, commencing practice in Henderson.

He served as member of the State senate in 1870.

Clay was elected as a Democrat to the 48th Congress and served March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884 and resumed law practice in Henderson.

He served as city attorney and as attorney for the St. Louis & Southern Railroad and the Ohio Valley Railway Co.

He died in Henderson, Kentucky, on August 17, 1921 and was interred in Fernwood Cemetery.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. McKenzie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Polk Laffoon