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Template:Otherpeople2 John James Jenkins (August 24, 1843-June 8, 1911) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Wisconsin from 1895 to 1909.[1]

Born in Weymouth, England, Jenkins emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1852, where they settled in Baraboo, Wisconsin. During the American Civil War, Jenkins served as a private with the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. After the war, Jenkins became clerk of the Sauk County circuit court from 1867 to 1870. Jenkins moved to Chippewa Falls in 1870, where after some time reading law he became an attorney. Jenkins served briefly in the Wisconsin State Assembly before becoming a judge for Chippewa County in 1872. He was United States Attorney for Wyoming Territory from 1876 until 1880, after which he returned to Chippewa Falls and resumed his law practice.[2]

In 1894, Jenkins was elected to the recently created 10th Congressional District. He served as a Representative from that district for the 54th through the 57th Congress, after which he moved to the newly created 11th Congressional District. He served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 1903 to 1909. In 1908, he was defeated in the Republican primary by Irvine Lenroot, who subsequently succeeded him as Congressman. In 1910, President William Howard Taft appointed Jenkins to serve a four-year term as Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Jenkins assumed that post in May 1910 but became ill and was unable to perform much judicial work. He died the following year and was succeeded by Paul Charlton.


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  • Guillermo A. Baralt, History of the Federal Court in Puerto Rico: 1899-1999 (2004) (also published in Spanish as Historia del Tribunal Federal de Puerto Rico)

Template:Start box |- ! colspan="3" style="background: #cccccc" | United States House of Representatives Template:USRepSuccessionBox Template:USRepSuccessionBox Template:S-off |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
George W. Ray
New York
|width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
1903–1909 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Richard W. Parker
New Jersey
|- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Bernard Shandon Rodey |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
1910–1911 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Paul Charlton |- |}

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