James Nelson PIDCOCK, Congress, NJ (1836-1899)


PIDCOCK, James Nelson, (cousin of Alvah Augustus Clark), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Whitehouse, Hunterdon County, N.J., February 8, 1836; attended the district schools and Lebanon Grammar School, Lebanon, N.J.; engaged in civil engineering 1850-1857; engaged in agricultural pursuits and was also a dealer in livestock after 1857; member of the State senate from Hunterdon County, N.J., 1877-1880; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884 and 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; again resumed his agricultrual pursuits; built the Georgia Northern Railroad in southern Georgia, where he owned large timber tracts; served as president of the board of managers of the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane 1891-1896; was an orchardist in New Jersey; died at Whitehouse Station, N.J., on December 17, 1899; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Lebanon, Hunterdon County, N.J.

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