James Maurice

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This article is about the American politician. For the Royal Navy officer, see James Wilkes Maurice.
James Maurice, New York Congressman. Engraving by H.B. Hall

James Maurice (November 7, 1814 – August 4, 1884) was a United States Representative from New York.


Born in New York City, he attended Broad Street Academy and became a clerk in a law office at the age of twelve years. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1835, and practiced in Maspeth.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co.) in 1851; and was a delegate to the Democratic state conventions of 1851, 1853 and 1856.

Maurice was elected as a Democrat to the 33rd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law, and declined the nomination as justice of the New York Supreme Court in 1865. He was again a member of the State Assembly (Queens Co., 2nd D.) in 1866.

He died in Maspeth on August 4, 1884;[1] interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery.


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
John S. Snedeker
New York State Assembly
Queens County

Succeeded by
Sylvanus S. Smith
Preceded by
Charles McNeil
New York State Assembly
Queens County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
William B. Wilson
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John G. Floyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
William Valk