James Wolcott Wadsworth (1846 - 1926)

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: Died
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About James Wolcott Wadsworth


James Wolcott Wadsworth (October 12, 1846, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 24, 1926, Washington, D.C.) was an American farmer, soldier and statesman.


He was the son of Civil War General James S. Wadsworth. He was a major in the Union Army during the Civil War.

He was a member of New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1878 and 1879. He was New York State Comptroller from 1880 to 1881, elected at the New York state election, 1879.

He was elected to the 47th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elbridge G. Lapham, and re-elected to the 48th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th United States Congresses, serving from December 5, 1881, to March 3, 1885, and from March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1907. In 1906, he was defeated for re-election.

In 1885, he ran again for State Comptroller but was defeated by Democrat Alfred C. Chapin.

He was a delegate to the 1884 and 1904 Republican National Conventions. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1915.

He was buried at the Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo, New York.

U.S. Senator James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr. was his son.

The Wadsworth Hospital, at the Sawtelle Veterans Home in Los Angeles, California, is named in his honor.

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James Wolcott Wadsworth's Timeline

October 12, 1846
Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 14, 1876
Age 29
August 12, 1877
Age 30
Geneseo, New York, USA
October 21, 1883
Age 37
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 79