James G. Clinton

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James G. Clinton
Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 9th District
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byHiram P. Hunt
Succeeded byArchibald C. Niven
Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 6th District
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byNathaniel Jones
Succeeded byHamilton Fish
Personal details
James Graham Clinton

(1804-01-02)January 2, 1804
Little Britain, New York
DiedMay 28, 1849(1849-05-28) (aged 45)
New York City
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsSee Clinton family
ParentsJames Clinton
Mary Little
EducationNewburgh Academy
OccupationLawyer, Politician

James Graham Clinton (January 2, 1804 – May 28, 1849) was an American lawyer and politician. He was a U.S. Representative from New York.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Little Britain, New York on January 2, 1804, he was the son of Mary Little (1768–1835) and Major-General James Clinton (1736–1812), a brevet major general in the American Revolutionary War. He was the half brother of DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), the 6th Governor of New York, and George Clinton, Jr. (1771–1809), a U.S. Representative, through his father's first marriage to Mary De Witt (1737–1795). His uncle was George Clinton (1739–1812), who served as the 1st and 3rd Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795 and the U.S. Vice President from 1805 to 1812. His grandfather was Col. Charles Clinton (1690–1773), an Anglo-Irish colonel during the French and Indian War.[2]

Clinton attended the common schools and Newburgh Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823 and practiced in Newburgh.[1]


Clinton served as Orange County Master in Chancery, and judge of the county court of common pleas.[1]

He served as director of the Newburgh Whaling Company and of the Delaware and Hudson Railway. Clinton was also a colonel in the New York Militia.[1]

Clinton was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1845).[3] He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures (Twenty-eighth Congress).[4] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1844, and resumed practicing law.[1][5]

Death and burial[edit]

Clinton died in New York City on May 28, 1849 at the age of 45. He was interred in the family cemetery at Little Britain, and reinterred at Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "CLINTON, James Graham - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  2. ^ Campbell, William W. (1849), The Life and Writings of De Witt Clinton, Baker and Scribner, pp. x–xiv, retrieved 9 February 2008
  3. ^ "JAMES GRAHAM CLINTON | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Clinton, James Graham, 1804-1849 - LC Linked Data Service | Library of Congress". id.loc.gov. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  5. ^ "CLINTON, George | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". history.house.gov. Retrieved 10 November 2016.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish
Preceded by
Hiram P. Hunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Succeeded by
Archibald C. Niven

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.