James G. Douglas

James Green Douglas (1887 – 16 September 1954) was an Irish businessman and politician.[1]

Political career

Douglas was an Irish nationalist Quaker who managed the Irish White Cross from 1920 to 1922. He was appointed by Michael Collins as chairman of the committee to draft the Constitution of the Irish Free State following the Irish War of Independence.

Douglas went on to become a very active member of Seanad Éireann between 1922 and 1936 under the constitution he had helped to prepare. In 1922 he was elected as the first Vice-Chairman of the Senate.[2] The Senate was abolished in 1936 and re-established under the terms of the 1937 Constitution; he was again an active Senator between 1938 and 1943, and from 1944 to 1954.[3] The topics most associated with him during his work as Senator were international refugees and the League of Nations.


He was the eldest of nine children of John Douglas (1861–1931), originally of Grange, County Tyrone, and his wife, Emily (1864–1933), daughter of John and Mary Mitton of Gortin, Coalisland, County Tyrone.[4] The genealogy of the Douglas family to which he belonged can be traced to Samuel Douglas of Coolhill, Killyman, County Tyrone.[5]

On 14 February 1911, Douglas married Georgina (Ena) Culley (1883–1959), originally of Tirsogue, Lurgan, County Armagh. Their children were John Harold Douglas (1912–1982), who replaced his father as senator, and James Arthur Douglas (1915–1990).[4]


  1. "Mr. James Green Douglas". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  2. "Election of Vice-Chairman". Seanad Éireann - Volume 1. 12 December 1922. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012.
  3. "James Green Douglas". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  4. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. Memoirs of Senator James G. Douglas (1887-1954), concerned citizen


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