James H. Platt, Jr.

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James Henry Platt, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
January 27, 1870 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by John Millson (1861)
Succeeded by John Goode, Jr.
Chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by George Armstrong Halsey
Succeeded by William Steele Holman
Personal details
Born (1837-07-13)July 13, 1837
Saint John, Colony of New Brunswick
Died August 13, 1894(1894-08-13) (aged 57)
Clear Creek County, Colorado
Resting place Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Vermont
Profession businessman
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 3rd Vermont Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

James Henry Platt, Jr. (July 13, 1837 – August 13, 1894) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in St. John's, Canada, Platt moved to Burlington, Vermont. He attended the common schools. He completed preparatory studies and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1859. During the Civil War he entered the Union Army as first sergeant of the Third Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He served as captain and lieutenant colonel. He declined assignment to duty as chief quartermaster of the Sixth Corps. He settled in Petersburg, Virginia, April 6, 1865. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1867. He served as member of the city council in 1867 and 1868. He moved to Norfolk, Virginia. Upon the readmission of the State of Virginia to representation Platt was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses and served from January 26, 1870, to March 3, 1875. He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. He moved to New York in 1876 and engaged in the manufacture of oil products. He moved to Colorado in 1887 and settled in Denver. He engaged in the insurance business, paper manufacturing, and in mining. He was drowned in Green Lake, near Georgetown, Colorado, August 13, 1894. He was interred in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Millson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1870 – 1875
Succeeded by
John Goode, Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
George Armstrong Halsey
New Jersey
Chairman of Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds
Succeeded by
William Steele Holman