|``The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen''
(detail), Once a Week newspaper, 1895, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives
JENKINS, John James, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Weymouth, England, August 24, 1843;
attended the common schools; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in
Baraboo, Wis., in June 1852; served in the Civil War as a member of Company A, Sixth Regiment,
Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865; clerk of the circuit court of Sauk County 1867-1870;
moved to Chippewa Falls, Wis., in 1870; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; city
clerk and city attorney of Chippewa Falls; member of the State assembly in 1872; county judge of
Chippewa County 1872-1876; appointed United States attorney for the Territory of Wyoming in
March 1876 and served until 1880, when he returned to Chippewa Falls, Wis., and resumed the
practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses
(March 4, 1895-March 3, 1909); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Fifty-eighth through Sixtieth
Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908; appointed judge of Puerto Rico by
President Taft in May 1910 and served until his death in Chippewa Falls, Wis., June 8, 1911;
interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.