James Hooker

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For the politician in Saskatchewan, Canada, see James Benjamin Hooker.

James Hooker (July 12, 1792 - September 2, 1858 ) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Born in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, he was the son of Captain James Hooker (1742–1805), a merchant, and his third wife, Mary (Chaffee) Hooker. He graduated from Yale College in 1810, and then studied law at the Litchfield Law School. He married Helen Sarah Reade (1790–1879), and they had two daughters.

He was Surrogate of Dutchess County from 1828 to 1840. In 1836, he was a presidential elector. In February 1840, he was elected by the New York State Legislature one of the canal commissioners and was legislated out of office by the Act of May 6, 1844, which re-organized the Canal Commission.

He died in 1858 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York.