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James Laird (June 20, 1849 – August 17, 1889) was a Nebraska Republican politician.

Laird was born in Fowlerville, New York and moved with his parents to Hillsdale County, Michigan. He attended Adrian College and served in the Sixteenth Regiment of the Michigan Volunteer Infantry in the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and was admitted to the bar.

He set up practice in Hastings, Nebraska in 1872 and was a member of the Nebraska constitutional convention of 1875. He was elected as a Republican to fill the newly created 2nd district seat to the U.S. House of Representatives to the Forty-eighth United States Congress.

He was re-elected three times serving from March 4, 1883, until his death on August 17, 1889 in Hastings, aged 40. Laird is buried in Hastings' Parkview Cemetery.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seat Created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1883 – August 17, 1889
Succeeded by
Gilbert L. Laws (R)

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