James McCleery
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – November 5, 1871
Preceded byJoseph P. Newsham
Succeeded byAlexander Boarman
Personal details
Born(1837-12-02)December 2, 1837
Mecca, Ohio
DiedNovember 5, 1871(1871-11-05) (aged 33)
New York City, New York
Resting placeChristian Church Cemetery, Cortland, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnion Army
United States Army
Years of service1861–1870
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Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg
Bvt. Brigadier General
Unit41st Ohio Infantry Regiment
45th U.S. Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

James McCleery (December 2, 1837 – November 5, 1871) was an Ohio-born lawyer and officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He also served as U.S. Representative from Louisiana.[1]


Born in Mecca Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, McCleery attended Oberlin (Ohio) College in 1859 and 1860.

He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He received a commission as second lieutenant of Company A, 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, and was wounded in the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, as a result losing his right arm.[2] He was promoted through the ranks to major in 1865. He entered the Regular Army as captain in the 45th U.S. Infantry in 1866 and subsequently received the brevets of major (in the regulars) and brigadier general of Volunteers. He retired on December 15, 1870, having settled in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, where he purchased a plantation and went into the practice of law. He was connected with the Freedmen's Bureau not only in Louisiana but also in North Carolina. He soon moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was appointed superintendent of public education for the fourth division.

McCleery was elected as a Republican from Louisiana's 4th congressional district to the Forty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1871, until his death while on a visit in New York City on November 5, 1871.

He was interred in the Christian Church Cemetery in Cortland, Ohio.[3] McCleery's tombstone in the Cortland Christian Church cemetery reads as follows:[4]

Born December 2, 1837
Died November 5, 1871

See also


  1. ^
    • United States Congress. "James McCleery (id: M000327)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Cortland history site Archived 2010-07-06 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 2009 September 4).
  3. ^ The McCleery name is prominent in the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement (with which the Cortland Christian Church is associated) in northeastern Ohio. See, e.g., the Rootsweb site of the Sharon Christian Church (accessed 2009 September 4).
  4. ^ Information supplied via e-mail to Richard David Ramsey by Sandy Hare of the Cortland Christian Church on 2009 August 19.