James Bishop (Congressman)

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James Bishop
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857
Preceded by Samuel Lilly
Succeeded by Garnett Adrain
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born May 11, 1816
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Died May 10, 1895 (age 78)
Morristown, New Jersey
Profession Politician

James Bishop (May 11, 1816 in New Brunswick, New Jersey – May 10, 1895 in Morristown, New Jersey) was an American Opposition Party politician, who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1855–1857.


Bishop was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 11, 1816. He attended Spaulding School and Rutgers Preparatory School in New Brunswick. He engaged in mercantile pursuits in New Brunswick, and was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1849 and 1850.

Bishop was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress, serving in office from March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857, but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress.

Bishop House, erected in 1852 and located at 115 College Avenue in New Brunswick, is a 42-room mansion that constitutes a fine representation of the Italianate style of architecture, was built for Bishop. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 (Reference #76001162).[1]

After leaving Congress, he was prominent in the rubber trade in New York City. He was chief of the bureau of labor statistics of New Jersey from 1878–1893 and was a resident of Trenton. He died at Kemble Hall, near Morristown, New Jersey on May 10, 1895, and was interred in Elmwood Cemetery in New Brunswick.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Lilly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857
Succeeded by
Garnett Adrain