KYLE, James Henderson (1854-1901)
Senate Years of Service: 1891-1901

KYLE, JAMES HENDERSON, a Senator from South Dakota; born near Xenia, Greene County, Ohio, on February 24, 1854; attended the public schools; completed a course of civil engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1871; graduated from Oberlin (Ohio) College in 1878; prepared for admission to the bar, but entered the Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Pa., and graduated in 1882; pastor of Congregational churches in Echo and Salt Lake City, Utah, 1882-1885; moved to Ipswich and later to Aberdeen, S.Dak.; pastor; financial secretary of Yankton College; elected to the State senate in 1890; elected as an Independent to the United States Senate in 1891; reelected in 1897 and served from March 4, 1891, until his death; chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Fifty-third, Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses), Committee to Establish the University of the United States (Fifty-fourth Congress); chairman of the United States Industrial Commission 1898-1901; died in Aberdeen, Brown County, S.Dak., July 1, 1901; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

South Dakota State Historical Society
Pierre, SD
Papers: One reel of microfilm containing clippings about Senator Kyle.

  • Pressler, Larry. "James H. Kyle.'' In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 31-40. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of James H. Kyle (Late a Senator from South Dakota), Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives. 57th Cong., 1st sess., 1901-1902. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902.