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James Campbell Cantrill (July 9, 1870September 2, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born July 9, 1870 in Georgetown, Kentucky, Cantrill attended the common schools, Georgetown (Kentucky) College, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death. He served as chairman of the Scott County Democratic committee in 1895.

Cantrill was elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1897, and again in 1899. He served in the State senate 1901-1905. He was nominated for Congress in 1904, but declined. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904.

Cantrill was elected president of the American Society of Equity for Kentucky, an organization of farmers, in 1908.

Cantrill was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his death during his campaign as the Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky. He served as chairman of the Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses). He died in Louisville, Kentucky September 2, 1923. He was interred in Georgetown Cemetery, in Georgetown, Kentucky.