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James W. Husted (Representative)

James William Husted (March 16, 1870 – January 2, 1925) was a politician elected to four succeeding terms as a U.S. Representative (1915–1923) from New York. He was an attorney who served in local offices, as well as president of the Peekskill Bank.

James William Husted
Husted in 1897
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byBenjamin I. Taylor
Succeeded byJ. Mayhew Wainwright
Member of the New York State Assembly
for the 3rd Westchester District
In office
Preceded byEdgar L. Ryder
Succeeded byJohn Gibney
Personal details
Born(1870-03-16)March 16, 1870
Peekskill, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 2, 1925(1925-01-02) (aged 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathHeart disease
Resting placeHillside Cemetery, Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
FatherJames W. Husted
Alma materNew York Law School

Early life and educationEdit

Husted was born into a political family in Peekskill, New York, the son of James W. Husted (1833–1892) and his wife. His father was then a member of the New York State Assembly, and several times in later years was elected Speaker of the Assembly. The junior Husted attended private schools, the Peekskill Military Academy, and Cutler's School, New York City. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1888 from Yale University in 1892, where he was a member of Skull and Bones,[1]:1392 and in 1894 from the New York Law School.

Marriage and familyEdit

Husted first married Louise Wetmore Spaulding (1873–1914). They had six children: James William, Jr. (1896-1975), John G.W. (1897-1965), Pricilla (1899-?), David (1900-?), Ellery (ca. 1901-?), and Robert (ca. 1906-?).[2] After Louise's death, he married Bertha Frances Harricks (? - 1947).


Husted was admitted to the bar in 1894, and commenced practice in Peekskill. He soon entered politics, and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Westchester Co., 3rd D.) in 1895, 1896 and 1897. In 1897, he moved to the growing city of White Plains and continued the practice of law.

In 1902, Husted returned to Peekskill and practiced law. He was elected president of the village of Peekskill in 1903 and 1904. He served as member and treasurer of the board of park commissioners from 1909 to 1920.

In 1912, he was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-third Congress. Husted was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1923).

Declining to run for office in 1922, Husted returned to the practice of law in Peekskill. He also engaged in banking and served as president of the Peekskill Bank.

He died of heart disease in New York City on January 2, 1925.[3] His remains were cremated and his ashes were interred in Hillside Cemetery, Peekskill, New York, where his father was buried.


  1. ^ "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1924-1925" (PDF). Yale University. 1925. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "James William Husted Family Papers, ca. 1853-1943 (finding aid)". New York State Library Website. New York State Library. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Peekskill Banker Who Sponsored Several Soldiers' Bills a Victim of Heart Disease". New York Times. January 4, 1925. Retrieved 2010-08-19.

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