James E. Belser

James Edwin Belser (December 22, 1805 – January 16, 1859) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Belser attended the public schools. In 1820 he moved with his parents to Sumter District, South Carolina, where he continued his schooling under a private tutor. He moved to Alabama in 1825 and settled in Montgomery. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Montgomery.

Belser was elected clerk of the county court. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1828. He also edited the Planters Gazette for several years. He was appointed solicitor of Montgomery County in 1828 and later elected to that position. He was appointed by Governor Fitzpatrick in 1842 as a commissioner of the State to procure a settlement of the claims against the Federal Government for money advanced in the Indian War of 1836.

Belser was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1844. He resumed the practice of law in Montgomery. He was affiliated with the Whig Party in 1848.

Belser was again elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1853 and reelected in 1857. He died in Montgomery, Alabama, January 16, 1859. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.



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