James N. Pidcock

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James Nelson Pidcock
James Nelson Pidcock (New Jersey Congressman).jpg
From 1881's History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byBenjamin Franklin Howey
Succeeded bySamuel Fowler
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
BornFebruary 8, 1836
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, USA
DiedDecember 17, 1899(1899-12-17) (aged 63)
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, USA
Political partyDemocratic

James Nelson Pidcock (February 8, 1836 – December 17, 1899) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1885 to 1889. He was a cousin of Alvah A. Clark, who represented the same district from 1877 to 1881.

Born in the Whitehouse Station section of Readington Township, New Jersey, Pidcock attended the district schools and Lebanon Grammar School, Lebanon, New Jersey. He engaged in civil engineering 1850-1857, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and was also a dealer in livestock after 1857. He served as member of the New Jersey Senate from Hunterdon County, New Jersey from 1877 to 1880, and served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884 and 1888.

Pidcock was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1888.

After leaving Congress, he again resumed his agricultural pursuits. Built the Georgia Northern Railroad in southern Georgia, where he owned large timber tracts. He served as president of the board of managers of the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane 1891-1896. He was an orchardist in New Jersey. He died at Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, on December 17, 1899. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery, Lebanon, New Jersey.


  • United States Congress. "James N. Pidcock (id: P000331)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • James Nelson Pidcock at The Political Graveyard
  • James Nelson Pidcock at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin F. Howey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1885—March 3, 1889
Succeeded by
Samuel Fowler