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James H. Kyle

James H. Kyle
United States Senator
from South Dakota
In office
March 4, 1891 – July 1, 1901
Preceded byGideon C. Moody
Succeeded byAlfred B. Kittredge
Personal details
James Henderson Kyle

February 24, 1854
Cedarville, Ohio
DiedJuly 1, 1901 (aged 47)
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Political partyPeople's Party

James Henderson Kyle (February 24, 1854 – July 1, 1901) was an American politician. One of the most successful members of the Populist Party, he served for 10 years as a member of the United States Senate from South Dakota from 1891 until his death. Kyle, South Dakota was named after him.



James Kyle was born at his family's farm in Cedarville, Ohio. His parents were Thomas and Jane Kyle and he had at least five siblings. His great-grandparents were Scottish and Irish immigrants. At the age of 11 he moved with his family to Urbana, Illinois.[1]

As a young man Kyle had much difficulty choosing his career, but gained much education and supported himself by farming and teaching. He studied civil engineering at the University of Illinois and later graduated from Oberlin College in 1878. He considered a career in law but eventually decided to become a Congregational minister and graduated from Western Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1881. He then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1882 to become pastor of a church and director of a seminary there. In 1885 he moved to South Dakota because it was better for his wife's health. He continued to be a minister until 1891.[2]

In 1890 he entered politics at the urging of many people after he made a passionate political address. This was shortly after South Dakota became a state. He was first elected to the state senate but shortly after that he was elected to the United States Senate. He refused to join a political party and was one of few people to enter the Senate as an independent, but he was supported by the state Democratic party at this time. During his first term in the Senate he joined the emerging Populist Party. Kyle was re-elected to the Senate by the state legislature in 1897.[3] Soon after, as the Populist Party was disintegrating, Kyle switched to the Republican Party.

Kyle served on many committees in the Senate. From 1893 to 1895 and from 1897 to 1901 he was the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and from 1895 to 1897 he was the chairman of a committee to establish a university of the United States. Kyle was one of the main sponsors of a bill to create the holiday Labor Day. Kyle strongly supported the Spanish–American War. Kyle was known as a hard-working, articulate senator who defended the rights of workers. From 1898 to 1901 he served as a member of the National Industrial Commission.

Kyle began to suffer from serious health problems in 1898. He died at the age of 47 in Aberdeen, South Dakota where he had lived from the late 1880s until 1891.

Kyle was married to Anna Eliza Dugot Kyle and they had two children.

See also

See also


  1. ^ "James H. Kyle Biography" . Electric Scotland. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  2. ^ "KYLE, James Henderson, (1854–1901)" . Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  3. ^ "South Dakota, State Government" . USGW archives. Retrieved 24 August 2012.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Gideon C. Moody
U.S. senator (Class 3) from South Dakota
Served alongside: Richard F. Pettigrew, Robert J. Gamble
Succeeded by
Alfred B. Kittredge

Categories: 1854 births | 1901 deaths | People from Cedarville, Ohio | People's Party United States senators | South Dakota Republicans | United States senators from South Dakota | Politicians from Aberdeen, South Dakota | South Dakota Populists | Republican Party United States senators | American people of Scottish descent | American people of Irish descent | South Dakota state senators

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