James Alexander Hemenway was a United States Representative and Senator from Indiana. Born in Boonville, Indiana, he attended the common schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Boonville in 1885. He was prosecuting attorney for the second judicial circuit of Indiana from 1886 to 1890 and was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, until his resignation, effective March 3, 1905, at the close of the Fifty-eighth Congress, having been elected Senator. While in the House of Representatives he was chairman of the Committee on Appropriations. Hemenway was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles W. Fairbanks and served from March 4, 1905, to March 3, 1909; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on University of the United States. He resumed the practice of law in Boonville and died in Miami, Florida; interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Boonville.