James Bishop (Congressman)

James Bishop ( born May 11, 1816 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, † May 10, 1895 in Morristown, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1855 and 1857 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Bishop visited the Spaulding School and Rutgers College Preparatory School in New Brunswick, and afterwards worked in retail. Later, he also began a career in politics and became a member of the short-lived opposition party. In 1849 and 1850 he was a deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly. In the congressional elections of 1854 Bishop was in the third electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel Lilly on March 4, 1855. Since he was not confirmed in 1856, was that he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1857. This was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Bishop worked in New York City as a successful rubber dealer. Between 1878 and 1893 he conducted in New Jersey, the state agency for the creation of labor statistics. He spent his last years in Trenton. He died on May 10, 1895 near Morristown.