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James William Trimble (February 3, 1894 - March 10, 1972) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas, having served from 1945-1967. He was the first Democrat in Arkansas since Reconstruction to lose a congressional race to a Republican. Trimble was unseated in the 1966 general election by John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison in Boone County.

Born in tiny Osage, Arkansas, Trimble attended public schools. He was graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1917. He was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Berryville in Carroll County. During World War I, he served in the United States Army as a private and was assigned to the Adjutant General's Office in Little Rock. County official of Carroll County, Arkansas from 1920 to 1928. He served as prosecuting attorney of the fourth judicial circuit of Arkansas 1930-1938. He served as judge of the fourth judicial circuit of Arkansas 1938-1944.

Trimble was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1967). He served as chairman of the Special Committee on Chamber Improvements (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress. Resided in Berryville. He died in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He was interred in Berryville Memorial Park in Berryville.

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