James Phelan Edit Profile
Doctor of Philosophy, Leipzig, 1878.
He served as a United States Congressman from Tennessee, representing the tenth district. He was of Irish descent on his father's side, and Scottish descent on his mother' side. In 1874 he went abroad, and in 1878 received his Ph.D from the University of Leipzig.
In 1881, Phelan became the owner of the The Avalanche, a newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. He was admitted to the Tennessee bar that same year, and began the practice of law in Memphis. Elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, Phelan served in that body from March 4, 1887, until his death in 1891.
During his term in the House, he published his book, History of Tennessee, the Making of a State (Boston, 1888). He was also the author of Philip Massinger and his Plays (Leipzig, 1878). Phelan died in Nassau, Bahamas on January 20, 1891.
He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Tennessee, 50th-51st congresses, 1887-1891.
Married Mary Early, 3 children.