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WADSWORTH, James Wolcott (1846-1926)

WADSWORTH, JAMES WOLCOTT, (father of James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr.), a Representative from New York; born in Philadelphia, Pa., October 12, 1846; attended Hopkins Grammar School, New Haven, Conn.; served in the Civil War as captain on the staff of Gen. G.K. Warren and was made brevet major; after the war settled in Geneseo, N.Y., and engaged in agricultural pursuits; supervisor of Geneseo 1873-1876; member of the State assembly in 1878 and 1879; State comptroller in 1880 and 1881; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Eldridge G. Lapham; reelected to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from November 8, 1881, to March 3, 1885; elected to the Fifty-second and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1907); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress; elected president of the board of managers for the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers; engaged in agricultural pursuits and interested in livestock; member of the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1914; president of the Genesee Valley National Bank; died in Washington, D.C., on December 24, 1926; interment in the family plot in Temple Hill Cemetery, Geneseo, N.Y.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Confederate States of America Records, ca. 1854-1889, 28 linear feet.
Persons represented include James Wolcott Wadsworth.

Papers: In the James Wadsworth Family Papers, 1730-1959, 22 linear feet.
Persons represented include James Wolcott Wadsworth.


State University of New York, Geneseo
Special Collections, Milne Library
Geneseo, NY
Papers: 1878, 1 letter.
A letter from James W. Wadsworth to His Excellency, Lucius Robinson, Governor of the State of New York written on August 15, 1878. In the letter, James Wadsworth asks the Governor to consider a Dansville man for the vacancy left by the death of a Livingston County judge. James W. was the son of Gen. James S. Wadsworth (killed in the Civil War) and served two terms in the New York State Assembly. He was the father of Senator James Wolcott Wadsworth.

Papers: In the Wadsworth Family Papers, 1790-1950, 145 feet.
Persons represented include James Wolcott Wadsworth.

  • Wadsworth, James Wolcott. Free canals. An address delivered before the Buffalo Board of trade, September 20, 1877. Buffalo: The Courier Company, printers, 1877.