James W. Trimble Edit Profile
Born in tiny Osage in Carroll County in northwestern Arkansas, Trimble attended public schools. He was graduated in 1917 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
He was the first Democrat in Arkansas since Reconstruction to lose a congressional race to a Republican. He was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Berryville in Carroll County. During World War I, he served in the United States Army as a private and was assigned to the Adjutant General's Office in Little Rock.
From 1920 to 1928, he was a county official of Carroll County. He served as prosecuting attorney of the 4th Judicial Circuit of Arkansas from 1930-1938. He served as judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit of Arkansas from 1938 to 1944, when he was elected to the U.S. House.
Trimble was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1967). In the 1944 general election he defeated the Republican Tom Sullins of Fayetteville, 63.3 to 36.7 percent. In 1956, Trimble defeated the Republican William L. Spicer of Fort Smith, later the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, by a vote of 61-39 percent.
Trimble was the chairman of the Special Committee on Chamber Improvements (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress. Trimble resided in Berryvlle and died in Eureka Springs.
He is interred at Berryville Memorial Park in Berryville.
A believer should support social climates, in which human communities are maintained and strengthened for the sake of all persons and their growth.
Member 79th to 89th congresses, 3d Arkansas District. Served in the United States Army, World War I. Member American Legion.
Married Ruth Maples, February 14, 1922. Children: Martha Carol (deceased), James Kerry.