James Henry Brady

Stone School
Class of 1880

(June 12, 1862 – Jan. 13, 1918)

James H. Brady was a dominant figure in the Republican Party in Idaho for several years. In 1900, he was appointed as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He went on to serve as Idaho’s Governor from 1909-11. During his tenure, direct primaries were instituted, appropriations were secured for the initiation of the Idaho Children’s Home Finding and Aid Society (which is 101 years old and is currently called Children’s Home Society of Idaho), local option liquor laws were passed, Idaho’s sanitary and pure food department was advanced, and the Boise Chapter of National Council of Women Voters was organized. He served as U.S. senator from 1913 until his death in 1918. As a U.S. senator he was chairman of the Committee on National Banks. He was a member of the Committee on Disposition of Useless Executive Papers.