James Henry Toole
|Mayor of Tucson, Arizona|
January 6, 1873 - January 5, 1875
|Sidney Randolph DeLong|
January 1, 1878 - January 6, 1880
|John Brackett "Pie" Allen|
|Robert N. Leatherwood|
|Born||October 22, 1824|
New Rochelle, New York
|Died||October 15, 1884 (aged 59)|
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Allegiance|| United States of America|
|Years of service||1861-1866|
James Henry Toole (October 28, 1824 - October 15, 1884) served four terms as mayor of Tucson, Arizona. The first two terms were 1873 and 1874. The second two terms were 1878 and 1879.
Toole was born to Thomas and Mary Toole in New Rochelle, New York on October 28, 1824, the youngest of 13 children. Toole accompanied his father to New Orleans, Louisiana working as a merchant. Toole served in the Louisiana state militia as a private in an artillery company. In 1849 Toole joined the California Gold Rush, becoming a miner in Placer County, California.
On the onset of the American Civil War, Toole enlisted into the US Army on October 14, 1861 in Placerville, California and mustered in as a second lieutenant of Company G, 5th Regiment California Volunteer Infantry at Camp Union (California) on November 26, 1861. Toole marched with the infantry to Tucson in April 1862. Toole served as acting Assistant Quartermaster and Commissary in Tucson from May 30, 1862 to January 9, 1863. Toole was promoted to first lieutenant and became Regimental Quartermaster at Tucson, January 10, 1863. Toole transferred to Company D at Tucson May 19, 1863. Toole transferred to Company C, 1st California Veteran Infantry Battalion at Las Cruces, New Mexico November 28, 1864. On April 5, 1865 Toole was honorably discharged at Franklin in El Paso, Texas.
Upon discharge from the army, Toole returned to Tucson, Arizona, becoming one of the most important businessmen of southern Arizona.
On September 7, 1868, Toole was appointed adjutant general of the Territory of Arizona with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He resigned the position shortly after on December 15, 1868.
Toole served two one year terms as Mayor of the village of Tucson 1873 and 1874, and again two terms as mayor 1878 and 1879.
Toole Avenue in downtown Tucson was named in 1879 in honor of James Toole.