Jonathan Nicoll Havens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1795 – October 25, 1799
Preceded byThomas Tredwell
Succeeded byJohn Smith
Personal details
Born(1757-06-18)June 18, 1757
Shelter Island, Province of New York, British America
DiedOctober 25, 1799(1799-10-25) (aged 42)
Shelter Island, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
ParentsNicoll Floyd Haven
Sarah Fosdick Havens
Alma materYale College

Jonathan Nicoll Havens (June 18, 1757 – October 25, 1799) was a politician from New York.

Early life

Havens was born on Shelter Island, New York. He was the only son born to Nicoll Floyd Havens (1733–1783) and Sarah (née Fosdick) Havens (1730–1767).[1] After the death of his mother in 1767, his father remarried to Desire Brown. Among his siblings was Esther Sarah Havens (wife of New York Assemblymen Sylvester Dering) and Mary Catherine Havens (wife of Ezra L'Hommedieu). Among his younger half siblings were Catherine Mary Havens (who married New York State Senator Henry Huntington) and New York banker Rensselaer Havens.[2]

His paternal grandparents were Jonathan Havens and Catherine (née Nicoll) Havens (a sister of Speaker of the New York General Assembly William Nicoll Jr.[2][3] Through his grandmother, he was a direct descendant of English-born politician William Nicoll,[4] who is best remembered for his vehement opposition to the Leisler Rebellion, and his wife, Anna (née Van Rensselaer) Nicoll (widow of the patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer, and daughter of Jeremias van Rensselaer).[5]

He graduated from Yale College in 1777.[6]


He was Shelter Island town clerk from 1783 to 1787,[7] and was on the New York delegation that in 1788 approved the new Federal Constitution following United States' independence in the American Revolutionary War. He served in the state assembly from 1786 until 1795. He was elected to the New York State Convention which ratified the Federal Constitution, in 1788 and Justice of the Peace of Suffolk County, in 1795.[6]

Havens was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 4th, 5th and 6th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1795, until his death.[6]

Personal life

Havens died on Shelter Island on October 25, 1799. He was buried at the Presbyterian Church on Shelter Island,[6] where a memorial stone was placed in his memory.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Shillingburg, Patricia and Edward (2015). Frances Dering at Newark Academy. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-312-86936-3. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Shillingburg, Patricia and Edward (2015). Dering Letters Volume 1. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-312-70313-1. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  3. ^ The Journal of American History | Vol. 12, First Quarter, Number 1 | January, February, March. National Historical Society. 1918. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Nicoll, Edward Holland (1894). The Descendants of John Nicoll of Islip, Eng., who Died A.D. 1467. p. 22. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  5. ^ Genealogical Record. Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. 1916. p. 37. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "HAVENS, Jonathan Nicoll (1757-1799)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  7. ^ Mallmann, Jacob Edward (1899). Historical Papers on Shelter Island and Its Presbyterian Church: With Genealogical Tables ... J. E. Mallmann. p. 157. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  8. ^ Harris, Edward Doubleday (2002). Ancient Long Island Epitaphs. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-8063-4996-1. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Tredwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John Smith