James N. Pidcock

James Nelson Pidcock ( born February 8, 1836 in Whitehouse, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, † December 17, 1899 in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1885 and 1889 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Pidcock was a cousin of Congressman Alvah A. Clark ( 1840-1912 ). He attended the public schools of his native Lebanon and the Grammar School. Between 1850 and 1857 he worked in construction; thereafter he was engaged in farming. After 1857 he also appeared as a cattle dealer. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1877 and 1880 he sat in the New Jersey Senate.

In the years 1884 and 1888 Pidcock was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions relevant, on each of which Grover Cleveland was nominated as a presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of 1884 he was in the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Benjamin Franklin Howey on 4 March 1885. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1889 two legislative sessions. In 1888 he renounced a new Congress candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Pidcock again worked in agriculture. He also went into the railway business. He was involved in the construction of a railway line in the southern part of Georgia. Here he secured lucrative timber supply. From 1891 to 1896 Pidcock was chairman of the state mental hospital in New Jersey. He was also active in fruit growing. He died on 17 December 1899 in Whitehouse Station.