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James Henderson Imlay

James Henderson Imlay (November 26, 1764 – March 6, 1823) was a United States Representative from New Jersey. Born in Imlaystown, he pursued classical studies and graduated from Princeton College in 1786, where he was also a tutor. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1791, and practiced; he was a major in the Monmouth County Militia and served in the Revolutionary War. He was a counselor in 1796, and was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1793 to 1796, serving as speaker in the latter year.

Imlay was elected as a Federalist to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1801. While in the House, he was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1798 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against U.S. Senator William Blount of Tennessee.

In 1804 and 1805, Imlay was postmaster of Allentown, New Jersey, and resumed the practice of law there; he died in Allentown in 1823. Interment was in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "James Henderson Imlay (id: I000011)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Aaron Kitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1799
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Elmer
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1799 – March 3, 1801
Succeeded by
Littleton Kirkpatrick