James Smith HAVENS, Congress, NY (1859-1927)


HAVENS, James Smith, a Representative from New York; born in Weedsport, Cayuga County, N.Y., May 28, 1859; attended the public schools and Monroe Collegiate Institute, Elbridge, N.Y.; was graduated from Yale College in 1884; moved to Rochester, N.Y., the same year; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James B. Perkins and served from April 19, 1910, to March 3, 1911; was not a candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed the practice of his profession in Rochester, N.Y.; declined the Democratic nomination for mayor of Rochester in 1913; vice president and secretary of the Eastman Kodak Co., and head of its legal department from 1919 until his death in Rochester, N.Y., February 27, 1927; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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