James Wolcott Wadsworth
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
November 8, 1881 – March 3, 1885
|Preceded by||Elbridge G. Lapham|
|Succeeded by||Sereno E. Payne|
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1907
|Preceded by||John G. Sawyer|
|Succeeded by||Peter A. Porter|
|Constituency||31st district (1891–93)|
30th district (1893–1903)
34th district (1903–07)
|New York State Comptroller|
January 1, 1880 – December 31, 1881
|Governor||Alonzo B. Cornell|
|Preceded by||Frederic P. Olcott|
|Succeeded by||Ira Davenport|
|Member of the New York State Assembly from Livingston County|
January 1, 1878 – December 31, 1879
|Preceded by||Jonathan B. Morey|
|Succeeded by||Archibald Kennedy|
James Wolcott Wadsworth
October 12, 1846
|Died||December 24, 1926 (aged 80)|
|Resting place||Temple Hill Cemetery, Geneseo, New York|
|Children||James W. Wadsworth, Jr.|
|Parents||James S. Wadsworth|
Mary Craig Wharton
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1864–1865|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
James Wolcott Wadsworth (October 12, 1846 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 24, 1926 in Washington, D.C.) was an American farmer, soldier and statesman.
He was the son of Civil War General James Samuel Wadsworth (1807–1864) and Mary Craig (née Wharton) Wadsworth (1814–1874). His brothers were Charles Frederick Wadsworth and Craig Wharton Wadsworth, the father of Craig Wharton Wadsworth, Jr. His elder sister, Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair became prominent as matriarch of Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal, Ireland, and the large JA Ranch in the Texas Panhandle. His younger sister, Elizabeth S. Wadsworth, married firstly Arthur Post in 1875, and secondly in 1889, as a widow, Arthur Smith-Barry, 1st Baron Barrymore, becoming Lady Barrymore.
His paternal grandfather, James Wadsworth, and his grandfather's brother, William Wadsworth, moved from Durham, Connecticut and were the original settlers of Geneseo.
He was educated at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, preparing to attend Yale, however, he did not attend, instead joining the Army in 1864.
In 1864, Wadsworth joined the Union army and served during the Civil War. On January 24, 1865, he was awarded a brevet major for "gallant and meritorious service at the Battle of Five Forks, Va." He honorably mustered out June 25, 1865.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1878 and 1879. He served as the New York State Comptroller from January 1, 1880, to December 31, 1881, elected at the New York state election, 1879.
He was elected to the 47th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elbridge G. Lapham, and re-elected to the 48th United States Congresses, serving from December 5, 1881 to March 3, 1885. In 1885, he ran again for State Comptroller but was defeated by Democrat Alfred C. Chapin.
He ran again in 1890 and was elected the 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1907. He was talked about as a candidate for Governor of New York, but did not run. In 1906, he was defeated for re-election by Peter A. Porter.
He was a delegate to the 1884 and 1904 Republican National Conventions. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1915.
On September 14, 1876, he was married to Louise Travers (1848–1931), the daughter of wealthy New York lawyer, William R. Travers, and granddaughter of U.S. Senator and U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom Reverdy Johnson. Together, they were the parents of:
Wadsworth died on December 24, 1926, in Washington, D.C. He was buried at the Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo, New York. His widows died in 1931.
His grandson, James Jeremiah Wadsworth (1905–1984), served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. His granddaughter, Evelyn Wadsworth (1903–1972), married William Stuart Symington, Jr. (1901–1988), the first Secretary of the Air Force and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. His great-grandson, James Wadsworth Symington (b. 1927) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri as a Democrat and his great-great grandson, William Stuart Symington IV (b. 1952), is currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and was the former U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic.
He received an honorary A.M. degree from Yale University in 1898.
The Wadsworth Hospital, Theatre and Chapel at the Sawtelle Veterans Home in Los Angeles, California, are named in his honor.
William R. Travers, well known for the last 30 years in Wall-Street, in the leading clubs, and in society in this city, died in Bermuda March 19. He was unconscious during the last hours, when his wife, his son, R.J. Travers, his daughter Susie, and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Duer, stood around his bed.