James EMOTT, Congress, NY (1771-1850)


EMOTT, James, a Representative from New York; born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., March 9, 1771; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1790 and commenced practice in Ballson Center, N.Y.; land commissioner to settle disputes of titles to military reservations in Onondaga County in 1797; moved to Albany, N.Y., in 1800; member of the State assembly from Albany County in 1804, and served as speaker; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh and Twelfth Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1813); member of the State assembly from Dutchess County 1814-1817, and served as speaker the first year; judge of the court of common pleas of Dutchess County from April 8, 1817, to February 3, 1823; appointed judge for the second judicial circuit February 21, 1827, and held that office until February 1831, when he retired; died in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y., April 7, 1850; interment in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

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