James F. Byrnes
Timeline: Two Americas

Portrait of James F. Byrnes

15th President
March 4, 1939 - March 4, 1945

Predecessor John N. Garner
Successor Harry S. Truman
Vice President
Born May 2, 1882
Charleston, South Carolina
Died April 9, 1972
Richmond, Federal District
Political Party Democrat
Profession Statesman, Judge

James Francis Byrnes (May 2, 1882 – April 9, 1972) was the 15th President of the Confederate States (1939-1945). Before being elected president, he served as a member of the House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina (1911–1925) and as a Senator (1931–1938). He would leave office in the final days of World War II after a Supreme Court decision that nullified an emergency powers proclamation to keep him in office until the end of the war. Upon leaving office, he would join former president Hugo Black as a Justice of the Supreme Court (1951–1972).