James Mott (New Jersey)

James Mott (* January 18, 1739 at Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, † October 18, 1823 ) was an American politician. Between 1801 and 1805 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Mott grew up during the British colonial period and enjoyed a private school education. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he joined the movement. In 1775 he became a captain in the second regiment of the state militia of New Jersey. At the same time he began a political career. Between 1776 and 1779 he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly; 1783 to 1799 he was Minister of Finance ( Treasurer ) of the State of New Jersey. End of the 1790s he became a member of, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1800 Mott was for the fourth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Henderson Imlay on March 4, 1801. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1805 two legislative sessions. During this period fell by President Jefferson in 1803 incurred Louisiana Purchase, by which the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, James Mott retired from politics. He died on October 18, 1823 on his farm near Middletown, where he was also buried.