James Yancy Callahan

James Yancy Callahan
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma Territory's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1897  March 3, 1899
Preceded by Dennis Thomas Flynn
Succeeded by Dennis Thomas Flynn
Personal details
Born December 19, 1852 (1852-12-19)
Dent County, Missouri
Died May 3, 1935 (1935-05-04) (aged 82)
Enid, Oklahoma
Citizenship  United States
Political party Free Silver Party
Spouse(s) Margaret Asbreen Mitchell Callahan

Agnes Elmer Callahan Mary Magadelene Callahan Eiselein

Rufus Omar Callahan

Anna Ida Callahan

Florence Palestine Callahan Burson

Alvin Kenneth Callahan

Lillie Effie Callahan Nazworthy

Orville Palmer Callahan

Lacey Edith Callahan

Eunice Minnie Callahan

Eris Carleton Callahan McCann

farmer minister


Religion Methodist Episcopal

James Yancy Callahan (December 19, 1852 – May 3, 1935) was an American politician, and a Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from 1887 to 1899, representing the Oklahoma Territory He was a member of the Free Silver party, and is (as of 2015) the only third party politician to represent Oklahoma at the federal level.


Callahan was born near Salem, Dent County, Missouri, on December 19, 1852. He was reared on the farm where he was born, educated in the common schools, and worked on a farm. He married Margaret Asbreen Mitchell on February 19, 1872, and they had eleven children, Agnes Elmer, Mary Magadelene, Rufus Omar, Anna Ida, Florence Palestine, Alvin Kenneth, Lillie Effie, Orville Palmer, Lacey Edith, Eunice Minnie, and Eris Carleton.[1]


Entering the ministry in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1880, Callahan continued to engage in agricultural pursuits, sawmilling, and mining. In 1885 he moved to Stanton County, Kansas, where he lived until 1892. In 1886, a year after he moved to Kansas, he was elected register of deeds for Stanton County. He was reelected in 1888 and served until December 1889, when he resigned and returned to Dent County, Missouri. In 1892 he moved to Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, settling near the town of Kingfisher. He engaged in agricultural pursuits.[2]

In 1896, Callahan was nominated for Congressional delegate from Oklahoma Territory, and was elected by a plurality of less than fifteen hundred, running on the Free Silver ticket to the 55th United States Congress. He served from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1899,[3] but was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1898.

After leaving politics, Callahan relocated to Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma, where he published the Jacksonian until January 1, 1913. He retired from active business pursuits in 1913. He claimed to be healed of a chronic ulcer in 1923 after receiving prayer from Rev. P. C. Nelson, an Assemblies of God educator.


Callahan resided in Enid, Oklahoma until his death there on May 3, 1935 (age 82 years, 135 days). He is interred at Enid Cemetery.[4]


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  2. "James Yancy Callahan". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. "James Yancy Callahan". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. "James Yancy Callahan". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dennis Thomas Flynn
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma Territory

March 4, 1897–March 3, 1899
Succeeded by
Dennis Thomas Flynn
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