James Wolcott Wadsworth

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For the United States Senator from New York, see James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr..
James Wolcott Wadsworth, Congressman from New York

James Wolcott Wadsworth (October 12, 1846 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 24, 1926 in 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, Theatre and Chapel at the Sawtelle Veterans Home in Los Angeles, California, are named in his honor.


Political offices
Preceded by
Frederic P. Olcott
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Ira Davenport
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elbridge G. Lapham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
Sereno E. Payne
Preceded by
John G. Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
John Van Voorhis
Preceded by
Halbert S. Greenleaf
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Dwight
Preceded by
Edward B. Vreeland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Peter A. Porter
Preceded by
William H. Hatch
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
Succeeded by
Charles F. Scott