J. Van Vechten Olcott

Jacob Van Vechten Olcott ( born May 17, 1856 in New York City; † June 1, 1940 ) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1905 and 1911 he represented the State of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jacob Van Vechten Olcott was born about five years before the outbreak of the Civil War in New York City and grew up there. During this time he attended public schools and the College of the City of New York (now New York University). He graduated in May 1877 from Columbia College Law School in New York City. His admission to the bar he received on 17 May 1877, and then began practicing in 1881 in New York City. Between 1895 and 1897 he sat in the Civil Service Commission of New York City. He was treasurer and vice president of St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1904 for the 59th Congress, he was in the 15th electoral district of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William H. Douglas on March 4, 1905. After two successful re- elections he resigned in 1910 to run again and was eliminated after March 3, 1911 the Congress of.

After his conference time he went to New York City back to his work as a lawyer after. On June 1, 1940, he died there, and was then buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. At that time raged the Second World War.