James Gopsill

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James Gopsill
15th Mayor of Jersey City
In office
May 6, 1867 – May 3, 1868
Preceded by Orestes Cleveland
Succeeded by Charles H. O'Neill
Personal details
Born July 22, 1823
New York City
Died July 26, 1884
Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rachel
Children Thomas Milburn Gopsill[1]
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey

James Gopsill (July 22, 1823 – July 26, 1884) was the fifteenth Mayor of Jersey City from May 6, 1867 to May 3, 1868.


He was born in 1823 in New York City to an immigrant from England.[2] He worked as a clerk in a dry goods store. He moved to Jersey City, New Jersey in 1840 and set up his own dry goods store. Gopsill became the president of the Hudson Insurance Company and founded the Children's Home for Orphans. In the 1860s, he began publishing city directories.[citation needed]

Gopsill was a delegate from New Jersey at the 1868 Republican National Convention in Chicago and a member of the Republican National Committee from New Jersey from 1868 to 1872.[citation needed]

He died from angina while on vacation with his wife in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York on July 26, 1884.[3]


He is the grandfather of Assemblyman Thomas Gopsill.


  1. ^ Henry Whittemore, ed. (2003). History of Masonry in North America from 1730 to 1800. Kessinger Publishing. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7661-5438-4. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b Shaw, William H. (1 January 1884). History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. Everts & Peck. p. 1145 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ "Ex Mayor James Gopsill". New York Times. July 27, 1884. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Orestes Cleveland
Mayor of Jersey City
Succeeded by
Charles H. O'Neill