John W. Cady

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John Watts Cady (June 28, 1790 in Florida, Montgomery County, New York – January 5, 1854 in Johnstown, Fulton County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York,


Cady attended school at the Old Stone Manse at Fort Hunter, and graduated from Union College in 1808. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Johnstown, then the county seat of Montgomery County. He married Maria Caroline Livingston (1794–1833, aunt of Jonas Platt Goodsell), and their children were Livingston Cady (1816–1846), David B. Cady (1820–1895), Anna (Cady) Pomeroy (b. 1822) and John Watts Cady (1825–1859).

Cady was Town Clerk of Johnstown in 1814, 1816 and 1817; and a supervisor of Montgomery County from 1818 to 1822, and from 1826 to 1829. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1822.

Cady was elected as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1823, to March 4, 1825. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law at Johnstown. In 1838, Fulton County was split from Montgomery County, and Johnstown became the seat of the new county. Cady was District Attorney of Fulton County from 1840 to 1846. He was Justice of the Peace of Johnstown in 1853.

He was buried at the Johnstown Cemetery.

Judge Daniel Cady was his uncle.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Kirkland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Markell