Jacob Sloat FASSETT, Congress, NY (1853-1924)


FASSETT, Jacob Sloat, a Representative from New York; born in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y., November 13, 1853; attended the public schools and was graduated from the University of Rochester in 1875; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Elmira; district attorney of Chemung County in 1878 and 1879; proprietor of the Elmira Daily Advertiser 1879-1896; was a student in Heidelberg University, Germany; returned to Elmira, N.Y., in 1882 and resumed the practice of law; member of the State senate 1884-1891 and served as president pro tempore 1889-1891; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880, 1892 and 1916; secretary of the Republican National Committee 1888-1892; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New York in 1891; appointed by President Harrison collector of customs of the port of New York, and served from August 1 to September 15, 1891; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1904; elected to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; chairman of the Republican advisory convention in 1918; engaged in the banking and lumber business in Elmira, N.Y.; died in Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 21, 1924, while returning from a business trip to Japan and the Philippine Islands; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present