James H. Platt, Jr.

James Henry Platt, Jr. ( born July 13, 1837 in St. John's, Newfoundland; † August 13, 1894 in Georgetown, Colorado ) was an American politician of the Republican Party and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia.


Platt screwed up early with his parents to Burlington, Vermont, where he attended public schools. After completing his school education he studied medicine at the University of Vermont and completed this study in 1859. After the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Union Army in 1861 and initially served as a First Sergeant in the Third Regiment of Infantry Volunteers Virginia. During the war he was still a captain, and most recently promoted to lieutenant colonel, leaning as such but the appointment as Quartermaster of the 6th Corps of the Union Army from. At the end of the war he settled on 6 April 1865 in Petersburg down and in 1867 a member of the Constituent Assembly of Virginia and at the same time from 1867 to 1868 the City Council of St. Petersburg and then twisted to Norfolk.

After the resumption of Virginia in the Union, he was representing the Republicans on January 26, 1870 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and represented in this until March 3, 1875 the second election district of the state. Most recently he was from March 1873 to March 1875 in the 43rd U.S. Congress Chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and land ( Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds ).

After he had suffered an election defeat in 1874 and had to retire from the House of Representatives, he clipped to New York and devoted himself to the production of petroleum products. In 1887, he moved to Colorado and settled in Denver, where he worked in the insurance industry, paper manufacturing and mining.