Jetur R. Riggs

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Jetur Rose Riggs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byJohn Huyler
Succeeded byGeorge T. Cobb
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
BornJune 20, 1809
Ledgewood, New Jersey
DiedOctober 5, 1869(1869-10-05) (aged 60)
Ledgewood, New Jersey
Political partyAnti-Lecompton Democratic

Jetur Rose Riggs (June 20, 1809 – November 5, 1869) was an American Anti-Lecompton Democrat who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the U.S. Representative from 1859 to 1861.


Born near Drakesville (now known as the Ledgewood section of Roxbury Township), Morris County, New Jersey, Riggs received an academic education. He graduated from the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1837 and commenced practice in Newfoundland, New Jersey. He served as member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1836. He was one of the founders of the District Medical Society of Passaic County, New Jersey, in 1844 and served as president 1846-1848. He moved to California during the California Gold Rush in 1849 and was in charge of the hospital at Sutter's Fort. He returned to New Jersey and settled in Paterson in 1852. He served as member of the New Jersey Senate in 1855-1858.

Riggs was elected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress, serving in office from March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1860.

After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of medicine in Paterson, New Jersey, later moved to Drakesville (now Ledgewood), New Jersey, and died there November 5, 1869. He was interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Succasunna, New Jersey.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Jetur R. Riggs (id: R000254)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Jetur Rose Riggs at The Political Graveyard
  • Jetur Rose Riggs at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Huyler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1859—March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
George T. Cobb