James MATLACK, Congress, NJ (1775-1840)


MATLACK, James, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J., January 11, 1775; attended the common schools; interested in various business enterprises; justice of the peace in 1803, 1808, 1813, 1816, and 1820; surrogate in 1815; chairman of the township committee; judge of the court of common pleas of Gloucester County 1806-1817; member of the board of freeholders 1812-1815, 1819-1821, and 1828; member of the state senate in 1817 and 1818; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and reelected as a Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1825); was not a candidate for renomination in 1824; affiliated with the Whig Party when it was formed; resumed business interests; died in Woodbury, N.J., January 16, 1840; interment in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, N.J.

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