Littleton Kirkpatrick

Littleton Kirkpatrick (* October 19, 1797 in New Brunswick, New Jersey; † August 15, 1859 in Saratoga Springs, New York ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Littleton Kirkpatrick attended Princeton College until 1815. After a subsequent law school in Washington DC and his 1821 was admitted to the bar he began in New Brunswick to work in this profession. Later he suggested was established in 1828 as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1831 and 1836 he was County Council in Middlesex County; in the years 1841 and 1842 he served as mayor of New Brunswick. From 1841 to 1859 he was curator of the Rutgers College.

In the congressional elections of 1842 Kirkpatrick was selected in the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of John Patterson Bryan Maxwell on March 4, 1843. Until March 3, 1845, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also discussed at that time about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas. During his time as a congressman Kirkpatrick Chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives to Littleton Kirkpatrick retired from politics. He died on August 15, 1859 in Saratoga Springs.