James J. Wilson

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James Jefferson Wilson
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1815 – January 8, 1821
Preceded byJohn Lambert
Succeeded bySamuel L. Southard
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Essex County, New Jersey
DiedJuly 28, 1824 (aged 48–49)
Trenton, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

James Jefferson Wilson (1775 – July 28, 1824) served New Jersey as a U.S. Senator from 1815 to 1821.


Wilson was born in Essex County, New Jersey, where he attended the common schools. He was editor and publisher of the True American of Trenton, New Jersey 1801–1824; clerk in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1804; judge advocate and captain, Hunterdon Brigade, New Jersey Militia, in 1806; surrogate of Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1808; member of the General Assembly 1809–1811; brigadier general and Adjutant General of New Jersey from 1810–1812, and reappointed in 1814; captain in the Third Regiment, Hunterdon Brigade 1814; captain in the New Jersey Militia 1814; brigadier general and Quartermaster General of New Jersey from 1821 to 1824.

Wilson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1815, to January 8, 1821, when he resigned; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses), Committee on Claims (Sixteenth Congress); appointed Postmaster of Trenton, New Jersey, in 1821 and served until his death in that city; interment in the First Baptist Church Cemetery, Trenton.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "James Jefferson Wilson (id: W000595)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • James Jefferson Wilson at The Political Graveyard
  • James J. Wilson at Find a Grave


  • Wilson, James Jefferson, comp. A National Song-Book, Being a Collection of Patriotic, Martial, and Naval Songs and Odes. Trenton, N.J.: James J. Wilson, 1813.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Lambert
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: John Condit, Mahlon Dickerson
Succeeded by
Samuel L. Southard