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James Marshall Hanger

Member From: 1869 - 1882

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  • Birth Date: November 12, 1833 Birth Place:near Waynesboro, Va.
  • Death Date: August 26, 1912
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
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  • Bio: Born near Waynesboro, Va., November 12, 1833. Died in Staunton, Va., August 26, 1912. Buried in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Va. James Marshall Hanger of Augusta County was the son and eighth child of Peter III and Martha (Crawford) Hanger. He graduated in law from the University of Virginia. He served in the Army of the Confederate States of America as Quartermaster on Jeb Stuart's staff with the rank of major. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1869-83. He was Consul to Bermuda during President Grover Cleveland”s administration. He stood in the forefront of “Debt payers” during the struggle in the legislature with “readjusters”, and losing out in this, he retired from political life. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute from January I, 1889 to December31, 1891. He never married. It is said that James Marshall Hanger was riding on the train between Staunton and Richmond and a drunk came into the car, calling out, “Is there anybody from Augusta County in here?” James Marshall Hanger, who is said to have been very dignified, arose and said, “Yes, sir, I have that privilege. What can I do for you?” The drunk said, “Just lend me your corkscrew. Any gentleman from Augusta County carries a corkscrew.”

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was JOHN BELL BIGGER.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Speaker of the House - 1871- 1873, 1874 - 1877
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Augusta Asylums and Prisons
Courts of Justice
Roads and Internal Navigation (1869-1870)
1871-1873 Augusta Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)
1874-1875 Augusta Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)
1875-1877 Augusta Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)
1877-1879 Augusta Privileges and Elections (Chair)
Propositions and Greivances
1879-1880 Augusta and Staunton Federal Relations and Resolutions (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Executive Expenditures
Privileges and Elections
1881-1882 Augusta and Staunton Asylums and Prisons
Banks, Currency and Commerce
Courts of Justice

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