James Young (1800-1878)

Member of Tennessee House, 19th General Assembly, 1831-33; representing Hawkins County; Democrat. Born in Hawkins County on May 11, 1800; son of William and Elizabeth (Leeper) Young. Occupation: farmer and banker. Married in Hawkins County in 1821, his first cousin, Elizabeth Young, daughter of John and Margaret Galbraith Young. Children — John, William Wallace, Martha (Mrs. Camillus Barnett), Robert, Mary E. (Mrs. W.A. Bray), Matilda H. (Mrs. Ferdinand D. Smith), and Juliet Jane Young. In 1832 he removed his wife and children to Pettis County, Missouri. Returned to Tennessee and served out his term, Returned to Missouri in 1833 and settled with his family eight miles southwest of Lexington, Lafayette County. Served in the Missouri House of Representatives, 1836-38; in the Missouri Senate, l840-44; Lieutenant-Governor of Missouri, 1844-48; and acting Governor, 1848. Elder in Presbyterian Church; Overton Lodge #5, F.&A.M., Rogersville. No record of military duty; Unionist during the Civil War. Died at Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, on February 9, 1878; buried in Prairie Presbyterian Churchyard, near Hogginsville, Missouri. Son of William Young, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Tipton, The Young Family; A.S. Biographical Dictionary of Missouri, 1878, p. 244; Missouri Manual; information supplied by Prentiss Price, Rogersvil1e.

From Biographical Directory: Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1967, Issue 3

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