James Gillespie (c. 1747- 11 January 1805) was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1793 and 1799.
Born in Kenansville, North Carolina around 1747, Gillespie pursued classical studies and served in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolutionary War. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1776 and served first in the North Carolina House of Commons (1779-1783), then in the North Carolina Senate (1784-1786), before being elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 4th and 5th U.S. Congresses (March 4, 1793 - March 3, 1799) and later to the 8th United States Congress (March 4, 1803 - January 11, 1805). He died in January 1805, shortly before completing his term in Congress, and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.