Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770
Members of the House of Delegates.
BASSEL, JAMES. (Democrat.) Address: Weston,
West Va. Born March 26,1842, in Harrison county; elemen-
tary education received in country schools and at his home;
later attended Monongalia Academy, Morgantown; entered
United States Military Academy, West Point, June 5, 1863;
graduated June 17,1867, class receiving their diplomas from
the hands of General Sherman; commissioned Second Lieu-
tenant Second United States Artillery; resigned November,
1870; served as Lieutenant Colonel in the Egyptian Army;
made tour of world 1873-5; elected to House from Lewis in
1916; committee assignments 1917: Military Affairs (Chair-
man); Federal Relations, Humane Institutions and Public
Buildings, Prohibition and Temperance.
Submitted by: Valerie Crook