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James Cochran (February 11, 1769 – November 7, 1848) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.[1]

James Cochran
Member of the New York State Senate
from the Eastern District
In office
July 1, 1813 – June 30, 1817
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1799
Preceded byWilliam Cooper
Succeeded byWilliam Cooper
Personal details
Born(1769-02-11)February 11, 1769
Albany, Province of New York
DiedNovember 7, 1848(1848-11-07) (aged 79)
Oswego, New York
Political partyFederalist
Eleanor P. Barclay
(m. 1798, her death)

Catherine V.R. Schuyler
(m. 1822; his death 1848)
ParentsJohn Cochran
Gertrude Schuyler
Alma materColumbia College (1788)
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army U.S. Army


Early lifeEdit

Cochran was born in Albany, New York on February 11, 1769, the son of Dr. John Cochran (1730–1807) and Gertrude Schuyler (1724–1813). His brother was Walter Livingston Cochran (1771–1857), father of General, congressman, and New York State Attorney General John Cochrane,[2] and his maternal uncle was General Philip Schuyler.[3] He graduated from Columbia College in New York City in 1788.[1]


He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and was commissioned as a major in the Army by President John Adams. He was a regent of the University of the State of New York from 1796 to 1820.[1]

James Cochran was elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress, March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1799,[4] succeeding Judge William Cooper,[5] father of James Fenimore Cooper, the author.[6]

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1814 to 1818.[7] He moved to Oswego, New York in 1826 and served as the city's postmaster from September 27, 1841 to July 21, 1845. For several years, he was the editor of the Oswego Democratic Gazette.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He was first married to Eleanor P. Barclay,[8] granddaughter of John Barclay of Philadelphia,[9] on July 14, 1798.[10] She died young.[2]

In 1822, James Cochran married his first cousin, Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler (1781–1857),[11] the youngest daughter of Philip Schuyler and Catharine Van Rensselaer.[12] Catharine Schuyler was the widow of Samuel Bayard Malcolm (1776–1814),[13] with whom she had two sons.[14] Malcolm was a son of William Malcolm and served as Adam's secretary during his presidency.[12] Through this marriage, he was the brother-in-law (and cousins) of Angelica Schuyler (1756–1814) and John Barker Church (1748–1818); Elizabeth Schuyler (1757–1854) and Alexander Hamilton (1755/7–1804);[15] and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler (1758–1801) and Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764–1839), 9th Patroon of Rensselaerswyck.[16] Together, Catherine and James were said to have had one child.[11]

Cochran died in Oswego on November 7, 1848 and was interred in Riverside Cemetery.[1] His widow died in August 1857.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "COCHRAN, James - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Dr. John Cochran, Friend of Washington". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Cuyler (1911). Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 37. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. ^ "COCHRAN, James". US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ Jones, Louis Clark (1965). Growing Up in the Cooper Country: Boyhood Recollections of the New York Frontier. Syracuse University Press. pp. 84–85. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  6. ^ Jones, Pomroy (1851). Annals and Recollections of Oneida County. p. 514. ISBN 9781176314016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  7. ^ Hough, A.M., M.D., Franklin B. (1858). The New York Civil List: Containing the Names and Origin of the Civil Divisions, and the Names and Dates of Election or Appointment of the Principal State and County Officers from the Revolution to the Present Time. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., Publishers. Retrieved 25 July 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Papers of the Historical Society of Delaware. The Historical Society of Delaware. 1890. p. 771. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  9. ^ Hutchinson, Elmer T. (2009). Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Volume IX, 1796-1800. Heritage Books. p. 99. ISBN 9781585497867. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  10. ^ Brown, Henry Collins; Council, New York (N Y. ) Common (1920). In the Golden Nineties. Valentine's Manual Incorporated. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b c Bielinski, Stefan. "Catherine Schuyler Malcolm Cochran". New York State Museum. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b Yolles, Melanie A. (2016). "Schuyler-Malcom family papers" (PDF). The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  13. ^ Hamilton, Allan McLane (1911). The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton: Based Chiefly Upon Original Family Letters and Other Documents, Many of which Have Never Been Published. C. Scribner's Sons. p. 210. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  14. ^ Stambach, Abigail (2009). "Schuyler-Malcolm-Cochran Family Papers, 1795-1918". New York State Museum. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  15. ^ Newton, Michael E. (2015). Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years. Eleftheria Publishing. ISBN 9780982604038. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  16. ^ Bergen, Tunis Garret (1915). Genealogies of the State of New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 1149. Retrieved 25 July 2017.

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