James Lent

James Lent (* 1782 in Newtown (now Elmhurst ), New York, † February 22, 1833 in Washington DC) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1829 and 1833 he represented the State of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Lent was born in the penultimate year of the Revolutionary War in Newtown on Long Iceland and grew up there. During his law studies, he went to local stores. On 5 February 1823 he became a judge in Queens. Politically, he was a member of the Jacksonian Group. In the congressional elections of 1828 Lent was the first electoral district of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Silas Wood on March 4, 1829. As a result, he resigned his judge post. After a successful re-election in 1830 he gave up a third nomination in 1832. However, he died before the end of his second term of office on 22 February 1833 in Washington DC As a Congressman he had from 1831 until his death presided over the Committee on the issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State ). His body was first buried in the Congressional Cemetery, but later reburied at the cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown in Elmhurst. This cemetery was demolished in 1958 and the remaining vestiges, mostly unidentified, transferred to the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn. It is uncertain whether the remains of Lent among them.