T. A. James, M. D., is a son of Dr. L. and Mary (Reynolds) James, and
was born in Monroe County, Ill., in 1856.  Dr. L. James, who is of 
French descent, is also a native of Monroe County, Ill., and was born
in 1820; he graduated from the St. Louis Medical College, in 1861, and
began practice at Waterloo in his native county, where he resided until 
about 1873, when he moved to Cruise, Washington Co., Mo., where he is 
still actively engaged in practice. His wife is also of French descent, 
and was born in Randolph County, Ill, in 1832.  They have five children 
living, viz.: Tracy, wife of M. A. Casey; Dr. T. A.; Emma, wife of P. S. 
Coleman; Griffith and Susie.  Dr. T. A. James received his literary 
education at Christian Brothers' College, St. Louis, and when twenty 
years of age began the study of medicine under the preceptorship of his 
father.  In 1878 he entered St. Louis Medical College, from which 
institution he graduated in March, 1881.  He began the practice of his 
chosen profession at St. Clair, Franklin Co., Mo., where he remained 
one year, and then removed to Labaddie. In the spring of 1886 he located 
in De Soto, where he has since resided, and is one of the leading 
physicians and surgeons of Jefferson County. October 25, 1881 he married 
Miss Mary C. Flynn, a daughter of Michael Flynn, of Washington County; 
she was born in Washington County, in 1857.  Mr. and Mrs. James have two 
children: William A. and Liona. Politically, Dr. James is a Democrat.  
He is special medical examiner of the Select Knights of the A. O. U. W., 
and is a member of the Masonic fraternity.  He and wife are members of 
the Roman Catholic Church.