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James Henry Lane
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United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
April 4, 1861 – July 11, 1866
Preceded by seat established
Succeeded by Edmund G. Ross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Samuel W. Parker
Succeeded by William Cumback
11th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
In office
December 5, 1849 – January 10, 1853
Governor Joseph A. Wright
Preceded by Paris C. Dunning
Succeeded by Ashbel P. Willard
Personal details
Born (1814-06-22)June 22, 1814
Lawrenceburg, Indiana Territory
Died July 11, 1866(1866-07-11) (aged 52)
Leavenworth, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse Mary E. Lane
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1846–1848, 1861–1862
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/wars Mexican–American War
American Civil War

James Henry Lane, also known as Jim Lane, (June 22, 1814 – July 11, 1866) was a partisan during the Bleeding Kansas period. It was right before the American Civil War. During the war itself, Lane was a United States Senator, and he was a general for the Union.


Lane was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the son of Amos Lane.

He was a U.S. congressman from Indiana (1853–1855) where he voted for the Kansas–Nebraska Act.

On June 3, 1858, Lane shot and killed Gaius Jenkins in a land dispute in Lawrence. Reports say Jenkins was coming to get water from a well on the disputed land. Jenkins was reported to have been showing a revolver. Lane had a shotgun. One of the men with Jenkins shot Lane in the leg, and Lane shot back killing Jenkins.

Death and legacy

Lane died on July 1, 1866 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The following places were named in honor of him:

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