Jetur R. Riggs

Jetur Rose Riggs ( born June 20, 1809 in Drake Ville, Morris County, New Jersey; † November 5, 1869 ) was an American politician. Between 1859 and 1861 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jetur Riggs received an academic education. After a subsequent study of medicine at New York College of Physicians and Surgeons and his 1837 was admitted as a doctor, he started in Newfoundland, a town in Passaic County to work in this profession. In 1844 he was among the founders of the Medical Society in this district, which he was president 1846-1848. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1836, Riggs was a deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly. During the Gold Rush, he moved to California, where he led the hospital in Sutter 's Fort. 1852 Riggs went back to New Jersey, where he settled in Paterson. Between 1855 and 1858 he was in the state Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1858 Riggs 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 John Huyler on March 4, 1859. Since he resigned in 1860 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1861. These were shaped by the events in the immediate run-up to the Civil War. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Riggs practiced as a doctor in Paterson. Later he returned to his native Drake Ville, where he died on 5 November 1869.