James H. Brady
United States Senator
from Idaho
In office
February 6, 1913 – January 13, 1918
Preceded byKirtland I. Perky
Succeeded byJohn F. Nugent
8th Governor of Idaho
In office
January 4, 1909 – January 2, 1911
LieutenantLewis H. Sweetser
Preceded byFrank R. Gooding
Succeeded byJames H. Hawley
Personal details
Born(1862-06-12)June 12, 1862
Indiana County, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 13, 1918(1918-01-13) (aged 55)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery
Pocatello, Idaho
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sarah H. Haines (widowed), Irene Moore
ResidencePocatello, Idaho
Alma materLeavenworth Normal College
ProfessionReal estate

James Henry Brady (June 12, 1862 – January 13, 1918) was a Republican politician from Idaho. He served as the state's eighth governor from 1909 to 1911 and a United States Senator for nearly five years, from 1913 until his death.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, at age three, Brady moved with his parents to Johnson County, Kansas. He was educated in public schools, and graduated from Leavenworth Normal College in Kansas.

Brady taught school, worked in the real estate business, and as editor of a newspaper. He moved to Idaho in 1895 at age thirty-three, and became successful in the water power and irrigation industries.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Brady was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900, and chairman of the Idaho Republican Party in 1904 and 1908.[3][4] He was named a delegate to the Republican National Committee again in 1908 and 1916.[5]

Elected governor in 1908, Brady lost his bid for re-election in 1910, and returned to the private sector until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in January 1913, chosen by the Idaho Legislature to replace Kirtland Perky, who was appointed after Weldon Heyburn's death in October 1912. In 1914, Brady became the first elected to the Senate from Idaho by direct popular vote, defeating former Democratic Governor James H. Hawley and a handful of minor party candidates.[6] Idaho's senior senator, William Borah, went before the voters for the first time four years later in 1918, and was easily re-elected to a third term.

While in office, Brady suffered a heart attack, and died two weeks later in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 1918.[1][2][7] He was cremated and his ashes deposited in the James H. Brady Memorial Chapel of Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.[6][8]


Brady's great-grandson, Jerry Brady, was the 2002 and 2006 Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Idaho.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Brown, Ashmun (January 14, 1918). "Senator Brady of Idaho is dead". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c "Senator Brady of Idaho dies of heart disease in Washington". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). January 14, 1918. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress - Retro Member details". bioguideretro.congress.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Humanities, National Endowment for the (September 3, 1908). "Lewiston evening teller. [volume] (Lewiston, Idaho) 1903-1911, September 03, 1908, Image 1". Lewiston Evening Teller. ISSN 2381-2966. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Idaho Governor James Henry Brady". National Governors Association. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "James H. Brady". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2010. ... a Senator from Idaho; born in Indiana County, Pa., June 12, 1862; moved with his parents to Johnson County, Kans., in 1865 ... was cremated and the ashes were deposited in the James H. Brady Memorial Chapel in Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho.
  7. ^ "James H. Brady. Born in 1861. Died Jan. 13, 1918. Member from Idaho Is the Victim of Week's Illness". Chicago Tribune. January 14, 1918. Retrieved October 19, 2010. Senator James H. Brady of Idaho died at his home here tonight from heart disease. He suffered an acute attack a week ago yesterday, while on his way to Washington from Idaho.
  8. ^ Brown, Ashmun (January 14, 1918). "Senator Brady of Idaho is dead". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1.

External links[edit]

United States Congress. "James H. Brady (id: B000753)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Political offices
Preceded by
Frank R. Gooding
Governor of Idaho
January 4, 1909 – January 2, 1911
Succeeded by
James H. Hawley
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Kirtland I. Perky
U.S. senator (Class 3) from Idaho
February 6, 1913 – January 13, 1918
Served alongside: William E. Borah
Succeeded by
John F. Nugent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Frank R. Gooding
Republican nominee for Governor of Idaho
1908, 1910
Succeeded by
John M. Haines
Preceded by
Pre-17th Amendment
Republican Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1914 (won)
Succeeded by
Frank R. Gooding