Apr. 1, 1911 Asheville Buncombe County North Carolina, USA
Of Edgefield, South Carolina. James H. Tillman was born on June 27th, 1869, in South Carolina, the son of Senator George D. Tillman. He studied law in the office of Jim Tillman in Winnsboro, South Carolina, in 1890, and was admitted to the South Carolina State Bar, opening a law practice in Edgefield, South Carolina. He served as the Captain of the Caper's Light Infantry of Edgefield, South Carolina, in 1891, and on June 26th, 1896, he married Miss Mary (Mamie) Norris (Born August 2nd, 1875) and the couple had one child (Helen Poindexter).
With the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enrolled on May 3rd, 1898, for one years service at the age of 28, and was mustered into service as Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment on May 13th, 1898, at Camp Ellerbe in Columbia, South Carolina. He was sick at St. Vincent's Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from June 19th to 30th, 1898, and was on a leave of absence, from September 1st to 9th, 1898, due to illness. He was promoted to Colonel of the Regiment on October 25th, 1898, due to the death of Colonel Alston, and commanded the regiment for the remainder of its service. He was mustered out of service with the Regiment on November 10th, 1898, at Columbia, South Carolina.
Following the War he won election as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and served as such from 1901 to 1903. He ran for the office of Governor in 1902, however lost the election to Duncan Clinch Heyward. While in the last days of his role as Lieutenant Governor he shot and mortally wounded Mr. Narcisco G. Gonzales, editor of the "State" newspaper, on January 15th, 1903, across from the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, as the result of a dispute between the two that resulted from a steady stream of criticism by the newspaper against Tillman, he was arrested and tried for murder in September of 1903, but was found not guilty on October 14th, 1903.
He returned to his home in Edgefield County, and died of tuberculosis on April 1st, 1911, at Asheville, North Carolina.