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Vardaman, James Kimble, 1861-1930

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Personal name headingVardaman, James Kimble, 1861-1930
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Variant(s)Vardaman, James K. (James Kimble), 1861-1930
See alsoMississippi. Governor (1904-1908 : Vardaman)
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Associated placeJackson (Miss.)
Carrollton (Miss.)
Winona (Miss.)
Greenwood (Miss.)
Yalobusha County (Miss.)
Washington (D.C.)
Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)
Birth date1861-07-26
Death date1930-06-25
Place of birthEdna (Tex.)
Place of deathBirmingham (Ala.)
AffiliationUnited States. Congress. Senate
Special noteFather of Vardaman, James K. (James Kimble), 1894-1972 (no2008158239)
Grandfather of Vardaman, James M., 1921-2007 (n 80051381)
Great-grandfather of Vardaman, James M., 1947- (n 88048183)
Found inUnited States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce. Flood control of the Mississippi River ... Report ... 1916.
Osborn, G. C. James Kimble Vardaman, southern commoner, c1981: t.p. (James Kimble Vardaman) p. 1, etc. (James K. Vardaman)
Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress ( website, February 10, 2022: (James Kimble Vardaman; senator from Mississippi; born near Edna, Jackson County, Texas on July 26, 1861; moved to Mississippi in 1868 with his parents, who settled in Yalobusha County; attended the public schools; studied law in Carrollton, Mississippi; admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice in Winona, Mississippi; became editor of the Winona Advance; moved to Greenwood, Mississippi where he continued the practice of law and also engaged in the newspaper business; member, State house of representatives (1890-1896) and served as speaker 1894; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Mississippi in 1895 and again in 1899; served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1892 and 1896; publisher of the Greenwood Commonwealth (1896-1903) and the Issue (1908-1912); governor of Mississippi (1904-1908); unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1907 and 1910; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1912 and served from March 4, 1913, to March 3, 1919; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 and for election in 1922; chairman, Committee on the Conservation of Natural Resources (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-third Congress), Committee on Manufacturers (Sixty-fifth Congress); retired from active business pursuits in 1922 and moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he died June 25, 1930; interment in Lakewood Memorial Park, Jackson, Mississippi)
Mississippi Department of Archives & History website, February 10, 2022: (James Kimble Vardaman; 36th governor of Mississippi (1904-1908); effective campaigner who was known fondly by his followers as “The White Chief”; born in Jackson County, Texas, on July 26, 1861, was reared in Yalobusha County, Mississippi; after reading law, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing in Winona in 1882; editor of the Winona Advance; moved to Greenwood in 1890 to edit the Greenwood Enterprise; founded the Greenwood Commonwealth (1896); his first love was politics and he began his political career in 1890 as a representative in the Mississippi legislature from LeFlore County; elected Speaker of the House (1894); after the United States declared war on Spain in 1898, Vardaman enlisted in the army and eventually rose to the rank of colonel and was stationed in Santiago, Cuba, from August 1898 to May 1899; sought the Democratic Party nomination for governor in 1895 and again in 1899, but the party leadership refused to give him the nomination; took office as governor on January 19, 1904; was a “Southern progressive” who advocated government regulation of large corporations; personally led the fight against the convict lease system under which state prisoners were leased to planters and railroad companies as laborers; strongly favored a child labor law and later as a United States senator, he was instrumental in the passage of a federal law restricting employment of young children; best remembered for his extreme views on race and did not support public education for African Americans beyond the most basic moral instruction and vocational training because he believed African Americans should remain in economic servitude and that education was unnecessary for the kind of work they would do; recommended the closing of black public schools and the repeal of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution, which gave African Americans the right to vote and hold office; ran for the U. S. Senate, but was defeated by John Sharp Williams; after he left office, Governor Vardaman edited a newspaper in Jackson and prepared for another bid for the U.S. Senate; in 1911, he was elected, but his strong opposition to America's entry into World War I and his opposition to President Woodrow Wilson led to his defeat for re-election in 1918; after he was again defeated for the Senate in 1922, Vardaman moved to Alabama where he lived until his death on June 25, 1930; town of Vardaman in Calhoun County is named in honor of James K. Vardaman)
The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi, Volume 2, 1908: page 162, etc. (James Kimble Vardaman; born in Jackson County, Texas, on July 26, 1861; governor of Mississippi (January 19, 1904-January 21, 1908); United States senator)
James M. Vardaman, Jr. website, February 9, 2022: (James M. Vardaman; born 1947 in Memphis, Tennessee; grew up in Laurel, Mississippi; M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary. M.A. (Japanese Studies) University of Hawaii at Manoa (1976); first came to Nagoya, Japan in 1971 and found a teaching job there for a few years; returned to the United States to finish his master's degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and then moved on to Asian studies at the University of Hawaii; professor emeritus at Waseda University; specialist in American cultural history, especially that of the American South, and African American culture; daughter is Maya Vardaman; resident of Ginza, Tokyo, Japan; great-grandfather is James Kimble Vardaman, who was governor of Mississippi)
Email from James M. Vardaman, Jr., February 10, 2022: (James M. Vardaman (born 1947); son of James M. Vardaman (1921-2007); lives in Japan)