James Thompson Farley
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1879 – March 4, 1885
|Preceded by||Aaron A. Sargent|
|Succeeded by||Leland Stanford|
|Member of the California Senate|
|Member of the California State Assembly from Amador County|
|Born||August 6, 1829|
Albemarle County, Virginia
|Died||January 22, 1886 (aged 56)|
James Thompson Farley (August 6, 1829 – January 22, 1886) was an American politician.
He was elected to the California State Assembly from Amador County and served 1855 to 1857, acting as Speaker in 1856. He was a member of the California State Senate from 1869 until 1876, serving as president pro tempore from 1871 to 1872.
He was for several years the recognized leader of the Democratic Party in California, and in 1874 was defeated as a candidate for the U.S. Senate by Governor Newton Booth. He was elected to the Senate from California in 1878 and served from 1879 until 1885. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884. He resumed the practice of law after leaving Washington, D.C., and died in Jackson, California in 1886. He is buried in City Cemetery in Jackson.
- United States Congress. "James T. Farley (id: F000020)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
| California State Assemblyman, 19th District
(Amador County seat)
(with J. W. D. Palmer, then George W. Wagner)
William M. Seawell
William W. Stow
| Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1856 – April 1856
Elwood T. Beatty
Aaron A. Sargent
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from California
Served alongside: Newton Booth, John F. Miller
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