James J. Belden

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James Jerome Belden
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
November 8, 1887 – March 3, 1893
Preceded by Frank Hiscock
Succeeded by James S. Sherman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by Sereno E. Payne
Succeeded by Theodore L. Poole
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1899
Preceded by Theodore L. Poole
Succeeded by Michael E. Driscoll
Personal details
Born September 30, 1825 (1825-09-30)
Fabius, New York
Died January 1, 1904 (1904-02) (aged 78)
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Anna Gere Belden
Children Harriet Anna Belden
Profession banker

builder

hotel owner

politician

James Jerome Belden (September 30, 1825 – January 1, 1904) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.

Biography[edit]

Born in Fabius, New York, Belden was the son of Royal Denison Belding and Olive Cadwell and attended the common schools. He married Mary Anna Gere and they had a daughter, Harriet Anna Belden.[1]

Career[edit]

After completing his education in local schools, Belden worked in a Jefferson County store to learn bookkeeping and accounting. He went into banking in Syracuse, New York, in 1880. Later he was active in construction, completing many railroad and public works projects. He was also President of the company that published the Syracuse Post, and was a hotel owner. In 1877 and 1878, he served as mayor of Syracuse, New York.[2]

Belden was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frank Hiscock, who had been elected to the office of United States Senator.

Reelected to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses, Belden served as U. S. Representative for the twenty-fifth district of New York from November 8, 1887 to March 3, 1893. He was then elected for the Fifty-third Congress and served as U. S. Representative for the twenty-seventh district of New York from March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1895. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1894.

Again elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress, Belden served as U. S. Representative for the twenty-seventh district of New York from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1899.[3] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1898, but retired to Syracuse.

Death[edit]

Belden died, of uremic poisoning, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, on January 1, 1904 (age 78 years, 93 days). He is interred at Oakwood Cemetery (Syracuse, New York).[4] When he died, he was Syracuse's richest citizen with his wealth being estimated at $10 million, according to an obituary in The Sheffield Observer on January 7, 1914.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James J. Belden". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "James J. Belden". Find A Grave. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "James J. Belden". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "James J. Belden". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "James J. Belden". The Sheffield Observer. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Hiscock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

November 8, 1887 to March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
James S. Sherman
Preceded by
Sereno E. Payne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
Theodore L. Poole
Preceded by
Theodore L. Poole
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1899
Succeeded by
Michael E. Driscoll

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.