Jacob Sloat Fassett

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Jacob Sloat Fassett
J. S. Fassett.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Preceded by Charles W. Gillet
Succeeded by Edwin S. Underhill
Personal details
Born (1853-11-13)November 13, 1853
Elmira, New York
Died April 21, 1924(1924-04-21) (aged 70)
Vancouver, Canada
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Jennie Louise Crocker
Alma mater University of Rochester

Jacob Sloat Fassett (November 13, 1853 Elmira, New York – April 21, 1924 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) was a businessman, lawyer, and member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He married Jennie Louise Crocker (1860–1939) in Sacramento, California on February 13, 1879. Jennie L. Crocker was the daughter of Judge Edwin B. Crocker (1818–1875) and Margaret Elenor Rhodes (1822–1901).[1] It was Jennie Crocker's parents who founded the Crocker Art Museum. Her father, Edwin B. Crocker was the brother of the wealthy railroad baron Charles Crocker.

Early life[edit]

He attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1875. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Elmira. He was District Attorney of Chemung County in 1878 and 1879. At this time he became the proprietor of the Elmira Daily Advertiser. Afterwards he enrolled as a student in Heidelberg University in Germany, returning to Elmira in 1882 and resumed the practice of law.

Political career[edit]

Fassett's residence in Washington, D.C., while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives

Fassett was a member of the New York State Senate (27th D.) from 1884 to 1891, sitting in the 107th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th, 113th and 114th New York State Legislatures; and was President pro tempore from 1889 to 1891. He was a delegate to the 1880, 1892 and 1916 Republican National Conventions, and was Temporary Chairman in 1892. He was Secretary of the Republican National Committee from 1888 to 1892. President Benjamin Harrison appointed Fassett as Collector of the Port of New York, a post he held from August 1 to September 15, 1891, when he resigned to run for Governor of New York. At the New York state election, 1891, he was defeated by Democrat Roswell P. Flower.

Fassett was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1894. He was elected as a Republican to the 59th, 60th and 61st United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1905, to March 3, 1911. His last political role was as Chairman of the Republican advisory convention in 1918.

After retiring from politics, he resumed his work in the banking and lumber business in Elmira. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on April 21, 1924, while returning from a business trip to Japan and the Philippines. He was an investor in various mines among which was the Oriental Consolidated Mining Corporation in Korea. He was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in his hometown Elmira.

Legacy[edit]

In World War II, the United States liberty ship SS Jacob Sloat Fassett was named in his honor.

Fassett, Quebec - The village of Fassett, Quebec in Canada is named after him.

Fassett's Point - Located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, this 40-acre (160,000 m2) portion of land on the north side of West Falmouth Harbor is divided into two portions: 12 acres (49,000 m2) which comprise "Little Island" and the other 28 acres (110,000 m2) are known as "Greycourt." It was here on the 28 acres (110,000 m2) of Greycourt at the end of Little Island Road in Falmouth, Massachusetts where Jacob and his wife Jennie Crocker Fassett built a large summer estate in 1916 - 1918. (The Fassetts had been spending their summers in Gloucester at Cape Ann but sold their estate there in 1916 for $225,000 in what was called "One of the largest real estate deals ever recorded on Cape Ann").[2] After his death and then that of his wife in 1939, the estate was put up for sale for $35,000. By 1941 it had still not sold and their children had the estate destroyed and the land divided. Some of his descendants still live on the land of this great estate.[3]

Fassett Elementary School - Elementary School in Elmira, New York.[4]

Fassett Commons - In 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fassett donated $30,000 to Elmira College for the construction of a dining hall. It became the main dining hall in 1917. It is connected to the north arm of Cowles Hall. Jacob Fassett favored the name Crocker Hall, opposing the choice of Fassett Commons. When construction costs grew beyond expectations, the Fassetts donated an additional $10,000. Faculty members of the art department have their offices in Fassett Commons, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fassett Family - Although Jacob Sloat Fassett and Jennie Crocker had several children (one of whom was a doctor), none of them went into politics like their father. Their most famous child was Jacob Sloat Fassett, Jr. (1889–1973) or better known by his stage name as Jay Fassett who starred in several Hollywood films.[5] Jay Fassett had a son, Jacob Sloat Fassett, III (1913–2002) who, like his father Jay, graduated from Cornell and then went into the hotel business buying a 50 room hotel in upstate New York when he was just 26 years old.[6] Jacob Sloat Fassett, III lived his remaining years on what was left of the estate in West Falmouth.

Kaffe Fassett is a well-known artist and designer living in London. He is the great-grandson of Jacob Sloat Fassett.

Fassett Pennsylvania - This town is named after Jacob Sloat Fassett's grandfather, Philo Fassett.

Sources[edit]

Portions of the text on this page were adapted from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. OCMC: Chosen Gold - TIME Magazine "Chosen Gold". Time Magazine. 1939-09-11. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.crockerartmuseum.org/about/history_crockers_children.htm
  2. ^ "Big North Shore Deal," Boston Daily Globe, 27 May 1916, p.13
  3. ^ Candace Jenkins, Between the Forest and the Bay: A History of West Falmouth as Revealed in its Historic Buildings and Landscapes, Published by the West Falmouth Civic Association, 1998, p.124-129.
  4. ^ http://www.elmiracityschools.com/Fassett.cfm
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0268742/
  6. ^ http://www.cnac.org/fassett01.htm

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Sumner Baldwin
New York State Senate
27th District

1884-1891
Succeeded by
Charles E. Walker
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry R. Low
President pro tempore of the New York State Senate
1889-1891
Succeeded by
Jacob A. Cantor
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles W. Gillet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

1905–1911
Succeeded by
Edwin S. Underhill