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Clergyman , army officer , college president

James Frazier Jaquess, American clergyman, college president, army officer.


Jaquess, James Frazier was born on November 18, 1819 in Evansville, Indiana, United States. Son of Jonathan Garrettson and Mary (Smith) Jaquess.


Bachelor of Arts, Indiana Asbury (now De Pauw) U., 1845.


Admitted to Indiana bar, 1846, gave up law. Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1847. President Ill Female College, Jacksonville, 1848-1854, Quincy (Illinois) College, 1854-1860.

Commissioned chaplain 6th Illinois Cavalry during Civil War. Recruited and commanded 73d Illinois Volunteers (“preacher’s regiment”). Believed that he could help bring war to peaceful conclusion, 1863, allowed to go into Confederate territory, failed in his attempt.

Held peace conference with Jefferson Davis, 1864, received from him statement that South was fighting for freedom or annihilation. Employed by Freedmen’s Bureau in South after Civil War.


Married Mary Sciple; married second, Sarah E. Steel, circa 1847.

Jonathan Garrettson Jaquess

Mary (Smith) Jaquess

Mary Sciple

Sarah E. Steel