James Coffield Mitchell as an American politician that represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. He was born in Staunton, Virginia in March 1786 and attended the common schools. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law. He moved to Tennessee and settled in Rhea County. From 1813 to 1817, he was the solicitor general for the third district of Tennessee. He moved to Athens, Tennessee in 1817.
He was elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses. He served from March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1829. During the Twentieth Congress, he was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Military Pensions. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election. He was judge of the eleventh circuit from 1830 to 1836. He then moved to Hinds County, Mississippi and settled near Jackson around the time of 1837. He was an unsuccessful candidate on the Whig ticket for Governor of Mississippi and for the Mississippi House of Representatives. He was the author of Mitchell's Justice. He died near Jackson, Mississippi on August 7, 1843.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.