James G. Hampton

James Giles Hampton ( born June 13, 1814 Bridgeton, New Jersey, † September 22, 1861 ) was an American politician. From 1845 to 1849 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Hampton attended the public schools of his home and then to 1835 the Princeton College. After a subsequent law degree in 1839 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Bridgeton to work in this profession. Between 1841 and 1845 he was head of the tax authority at the port of Bridgeton. Politically, he was a member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1844 Hampton was the first electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Lucius Elmer on March 4, 1845. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1849 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican-American War.

In 1848, Hampton gave up another Congress candidate. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. In 1852, he worked in that capacity for the County Council ( Board of Chosen Freeholders ) in Cumberland County. He died on 22 September 1861 in his birthplace Bridgeton, where he was also buried.