James Matlack ( born January 11, 1775 in Woodbury, New Jersey, † January 16, 1840 ) was an American politician. Between 1821 and 1825 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.
James Matlack attended the public schools of his home. After that, he was active in various business areas. He also worked with slaves. Between 1803 and 1820 he was several times served as justice of the peace. He also sat in the council of his hometown. Between 1806 and 1817 Matlack Judge at the Court of Appeal was in Gloucester County. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party.
Between 1812 and 1828 Matlack was several times on the County Council in Gloucester County. In the years 1817 and 1818, he was a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council. In the congressional elections of 1820, he became the fourth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Henry Southard on March 4, 1821. After a re-election Matlack was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1825 two legislative sessions. At that time he joined the movement to the 1824 elected president John Quincy Adams. In 1824 he renounced a new Congress candidacy.
After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Matlack took his previous activities on again. In 1828 he was again a member of the regional council of Gloucester County. In the 1830s he joined the Whig party to. He died on 16 January 1840 in his birthplace of Woodbury.