DE WOLF, James (1764-1837)

DE WOLF, JAMES, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Bristol, R.I., March 18, 1764; during the Revolutionary War shipped as a sailor on a private armed vessel; participated in several naval encounters and was twice captured by the enemy; before he was twenty years old became captain of a ship; engaged in extensive commercial ventures, principally trading in slaves, with Cuba and other West Indian islands; member, State house of representatives 1797-1801, 1803-1812; fitted out a privateer in the War of 1812; one of the pioneers in cotton manufacturing; built the Arkwright Mills in Coventry, R.I., in 1812; member, State house of representatives 1817-1821, and served as speaker 1819-1821; elected as a Democratic Republican (later Crawford Republican) to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1821, to October 31, 1825, when he resigned; member, State house of representatives 1829-1837; died in New York City December 21, 1837; interment in the De Wolf private cemetery, Woodlawn Avenue, Bristol, R.I.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.

Harvard University
Graduate School of Business Administration Baker Library
Boston, MA
Papers: In DeWolf family business records, 1795-1904.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: 1751-1864. 3 feet. Correspondence and other papers relating to the mercantile activities of DeWolf family, particularly to the slave trade, privateering, and sugar and coffee plantations with plantation accounts, slave invoices, bank and insurance shares. Finding aid. Also portrait.