James L. Conger

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James Lockwood Conger (February 18, 1805 – April 10, 1876) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Conger was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and moved with his parents to New York in 1809. They settled in Canandaigua, New York, where he attended the district schools and studied medicine at Canandaigua Academy.

In 1822, Conger moved to Lancaster, Ohio, where he taught school for several years and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Lancaster. He soon moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and continued the practice of law from 1826 to 1837. Then he moved to Macomb County, Michigan, and laid out the town of Belvidere, where he engaged in banking and mercantile pursuits until 1850. He soon moved to Mount Clemens.

In 1850, Conger was elected as a Whig from Michigan's 3rd congressional district to the 32nd United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1853. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852 and resumed his former business pursuits.

Owing to ill health, James L. Conger retired from active business pursuits. He died in St. Clair, Michigan, and was interred in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.


  • United States Congress. "James L. Conger (id: C000677)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kinsley S. Bingham
United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Samuel Clark