John Patterson Bryan Maxwell

John Patterson Bryan Maxwell

John Patterson Bryan Maxwell ( born September 3, 1804 in Flemington, New Jersey, † November 14, 1845 in Belvidere, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1843 he represented twice the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Maxwell was the son of Congressman George C. Maxwell (1771-1816) and a cousin of George M. Robeson (1829-1897), who was among others, Secretary of the Navy of the United States and congressman. He attended Princeton College until 1823. After a subsequent law degree in 1827 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in Newark in this profession. He later moved to Belvidere, where he edited a newspaper for some time.

Politically, Maxwell member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1836, 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 James Parker on March 4, 1837. In 1838 he was indeed confirmed, but not approved in Congress. Thus he was able to complete only one legislative period to March 3, 1839 first. In 1840, John Maxwell was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he replaced Joseph Kille again on March 4, 1841, who had taken his seat two years ago. Until March 3, 1843, he could spend another term in Congress. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also discussed about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas.

Between 1842 and 1845 was John Maxwell curator of Princeton College. He died on November 14, 1845 in Belvidere, where he was also buried.