ROOSEVELT, James I., (1795 - 1875)


ROOSEVELT, James I., (uncle of Robert Barnwell Roosevelt), a Representative from New York; born in New York City December 14, 1795; was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1815; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in New York City; councilman; member of the State assembly in 1835 and 1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; studied foreign law in the courts of England, Holland, and France; justice of the supreme court of the State of New York 1851-1859; served one term as ex officio judge of the State court of appeals in 1859; appointed United States district attorney for southern New York by President Buchanan and served in 1860 and 1861; engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in New York City on April 5, 1875; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.