James Farrington

James Farrington (October 1, 1791 – October 29, 1859) was an American physician, banker and politician from New Hampshire. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, the New Hampshire Senate and the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the early 1800s.

James Farrington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byRobert Burns
Succeeded byEdmund Burke
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1791-10-01)October 1, 1791
Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedOctober 29, 1859(1859-10-29) (aged 68)
Rochester, New Hampshire, U.S.
Resting placeOld Cemetery
Rochester, New Hampshire
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Mary D. Hansen Farrington
ChildrenJames Bonaparte Farrington
Mary Farrington
Joseph Farrington
Walter Farrington
Alma materFryeburg Academy

Early lifeEdit

Born in Conway, New Hampshire, Farrington was the son of Jeremiah and Molly (Swan) Farrington.[1] He attended the common schools in Conway and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1814.[2] He studied medicine and then began to practice medicine in Rochester, New Hampshire in 1818.[3] He was a member of the New Hampshire Medical Society.[4]

In 1834, Farrington and Nehemiah Eastman organized the Rochester Bank. Farrington served as president of the bank until his death.[5][6]

Political careerEdit

Farrington served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1828-1831,[7] and as a member of the New Hampshire Senate in 1836. Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress, he served as a United States Representative for New Hampshire from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1839.[8]

After leaving Congress, Farrington was appointed one of the trustees of the New Hampshire Insane Asylum in 1845.[9][10] He resumed the practice of medicine after 1845.


Farrington died in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire on October 29, 1859.[11] He is interred at Old Cemetery in Rochester.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Mary D. Hansen, daughter of Joseph and Charity Dame Hansen, on March 8, 1827.[13] They had four children: James Bonaparte, Mary, Joseph, and Walter.[14]


  1. ^ "James S Farrington". Ancestry.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. ^ New England Historic Genealogical Society (1847). The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volumes 1-2. New England Historic Genealogical Society. p. 277.
  3. ^ Records of the New Hampshire medical society from its organization in 1791 to the year 1854 (1911). New-Hampshire Medical Society. Rumford printing co. p. 122.
  4. ^ "Guide to the James Farrington Papers, 1824-1902". UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBRARY. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "History of the town of Rochester, New Hampshire,". Internet Archive. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Farmer, John and Lyon, G. Parker (1836). The New-Hampshire Annual Register, and United States Calendar, Issue 15. p. 112.
  7. ^ New Hampshire. General Court. Senate (1829). Journals of the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of New Hampshire at Their Session, Holden at the Capitol in Concord Commencing. New Hampshire. General Court. Senate. p. 7.
  8. ^ United State Congress (1913). A Biographical Congressional Directory: With an Outline History of the National Congress, 1774-1911 : the Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 - October 21, 1788, the United States Congress , from the First to the Sixty-second Congress, March 4, 1789 - March 3, L9ll. Government Printing Office. p. 146.
  9. ^ Poore, Benjamin Perley (1878). The Political Register and Congressional Directory: A Statistical Record of the Federal Officials, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, of the United States of America, 1776-1878. Houghton, Osgood. p. 389.
  10. ^ Congressional serial set (1918). Congressional serial set. Congressional serial set. p. 637.
  11. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William (1909). Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States; Illustrated with Three Thousand Vignette Portrait. American Publishers' Association. p. 423.
  12. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 222.
  13. ^ New England Historic Genealogical Society (1847). The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volumes 1-2. New England Historic Genealogical Society. p. 277.
  14. ^ "James Farrington". Ancestors of EastMill. Retrieved 5 January 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Burns
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Edmund Burke