U.S. Congress Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights
Who represented the area currently known as Jackson Heights in the U.S. House of Representatives throughout U.S. history? This page presents the representatives, their terms, biographies, parties, and the evolving geographic borders of the district.
From its earliest days the neighborhood's 960 acres were part of New York's 1st Congressional District. But we've also been part of the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th districts. Currently Jackson Heights is in the 14th district.
- 1 Congress Members 1789-2017
- 2 Biographies
- 2.1 John Smith 1799-1801: 6th Congress, 1st District
- 2.2 Samuel Riker
- 2.3 Eliphalet Wickes
- 2.4 Ebenezer Sage
- 2.5 John Lefferts
- 2.6 Henry Crocheron
- 2.7 George Townsend
- 2.8 Tredwell Scudder
- 2.9 James Guyon Jr.
- 2.10 Cadwallader Colden
- 2.11 Silas Wood
- 2.12 James Lent
- 2.13 Abel Huntington
- 2.14 Thomas B. Jackson
- 2.15 Charles Albert Floyd
- 2.16 Selah Brewster Strong
- 2.17 Joseph Crowley
- 2.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- 3 Related Wiki Pages
- 4 References
- 5 External Links
Congress Members 1789-2017
Queens had a small population and little development between 1799-1900 and Long Island was a congressional district unto itself, except for the more developed Brooklyn, which had its own congressional district. Beginning with the 6th Congress in 1799 and lasting until 1903, Queens (and the area that would become Jackson Heights), were situated in New York’s 1st Congressional District. The only deviation was 1813 through 1823 when Queens/Jackson Heights was still located in New York’s First Congressional District but there were two representatives elected at-large to represent the district.
|13th||1813-15||John||LEFFERTS||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|13th||1813-15||Ebenezer||SAGE||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|14th||1815-17||Henry||CROCHERON||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|14th||1815-17||George||TOWNSEND||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|15th||1817-19||Tredwell||SCUDDER||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|15th||1817-19||George||TOWNSEND||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|16th||1819-21||James||GUYON||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|16th||1819-21||Silas||WOOD||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|17th||1821-23||Silas||WOOD||Democrat-Republican||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|17th||1821-23||Cadwallader David||COLDEN||Federalist||NY-01||(two representatives elected at-large)|
|21st||1829-31||James||LENT||Jacksonian||NY-01||See Lent's historic home.|
|60th||1907-09||William Forte, Jr.||WILLETT||Democrat||NY-14|
|61st||1909-11||William Forte, Jr.||WILLETT||Democrat||NY-14|
John Smith 1799-1801: 6th Congress, 1st District
John Smith was a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Mastic, Long Island, N.Y., February 12, 1752; completed preparatory studies; member, State assembly 1784-1799; delegate to the State convention which adopted the Federal Constitution in 1788; elected to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jonathan N. Havens; reelected to the Seventh and Eighth Congresses and served from February 6, 1800, until his resignation, effective February 23, 1804; elected as a Democratic Republican on February 4, 1804, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of De Witt Clinton; reelected, and served from February 23, 1804, to March 3, 1813; United States marshal for the district of New York 1813-1815; major general of the New York Militia at the time of his death in Mastic, Long Island, N.Y., August 12, 1816; interment in the family cemetery on Smiths Point, N.Y.
Samuel Rikera Representative from New York; born in Newtown, Long Island, N.Y., April 8, 1743; attended the common schools; member of the Newtown committee of correspondence in 1774; was supervisor of Suffolk County in 1783; lieutenant of Light Horse in the Revolution; member of the State assembly in 1784; elected as a Republican to the Eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Smith and served from November 5, 1804, to March 3, 1805; elected to the Tenth Congress (March 4, 1807-March 3, 1809); died in Newtown, Long Island, N.Y., May 19, 1823; interment in the Dutch Reformed Cemetery.
Eliphalet Wickes a Representative from New York; born in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., April 1, 1769; during the Revolution was employed as an express rider; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.; elected as a Republican to the Ninth Congress (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1807); appointed July 1, 1797, the first postmaster of Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y., and served until April 1, 1806; reappointed January 1, 1807, and served until April 27, 1835; district attorney of Queens County 1818-1821; master in chancery; died in Troy, N.Y., on June 7, 1850; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
Ebenezer Sage a Representative from New York; born in Chatham (now Portland), Conn., August 16, 1755; received his early education from a private tutor and was graduated from Yale College in 1778; studied medicine; commenced practice in Easthampton, Suffolk County, N.Y., in 1784; moved to Sag Harbor, N.Y., about 1801; elected as a Republican to the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1815); was not a candidate for reelection; credentials of his election to the Sixteenth Congress were presented but he did not qualify, and on January 14, 1820, James Guyon, Jr., successfully contested his election; resumed the practice of medicine at Sag Harbor, N.Y.; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1821; died at Sag Harbor, Suffolk County, N.Y., January 20, 1834; interment in the Old Burying Ground; reinterment in Oakland Cemetery.
A Representative from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., December 17, 1785; attended the public schools; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1821; member of the State senate 1820-1825; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., September 18, 1829; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.
A Representative from New York; born on Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., December 26, 1772; brother of Jacob Crocheron, attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Northfield; supervisor of Northfield 1808-1814; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); captain of militia in 1818; died in New Springville, Richmond County, N.Y., on November 8, 1819; interment in St. Andrew’s Churchyard, Richmond County, Staten Island, N.Y.
George Townsend a Representative from New York; born in Lattingtown, township of Oyster Bay, Queens County, N.Y., in 1769; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819); died in Lattingtown, township of Oyster Bay, Queens County, N.Y., August 17, 1844.
Tredwell Scudder a Representative from New York; born in Islip, Suffolk County, N.Y., January 1, 1778; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; town supervisor of Islip in 1795, 1796, and 1804-1815; member of the State assembly in 1802, 1810, 1811, 1814, and 1815; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819); was not a candidate for renomination in 1818; resumed agricultural pursuits; again served in the State assembly in 1822 and 1828; again town supervisor of Islip 1824-1833; died in Islip, N.Y., October 31, 1834; interment in that village.
James Guyon Jr.
James Guyon Jr. a Representative from New York; born in Richmond, Richmond County, N.Y., December 24, 1778; pursued an academic course; appointed captain of the Second Squadron, First Division of Cavalry, in 1807; member of the State assembly 1812-1814; promoted to the rank of major in 1814, and in 1819 colonel of the First Regiment of Horse Artillery; successfully contested the election of Ebenezer Sage as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress and served from January 14, 1820, to March 3, 1821; was not a candidate for renomination; engaged in farming; died in Richmond, N.Y., March 9, 1846; interment in St. Andrew's Cemetery.
a Representative from New York; born in Springhill, near Flushing, N.Y., April 4, 1769; prepared for college by a private tutor and pursued classical studies at Jamaica, N.Y., and in London, England; returned to the United States in 1785; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1791 and commenced practice in New York City; moved to Poughkeepsie in 1793, and in 1796 relocated in New York City; appointed district attorney in 1798 and again in 1810; colonel of Volunteers in the War of 1812; member of the State assembly in 1818; mayor of the city of New York in 1819; as a Federalist successfully contested the election of Peter Sharpe to the Seventeenth Congress and served from December 12, 1821, to March 3, 1823; member of the State senate 1824-1827; moved to Jersey City, N.J.; devoted much time to the completion of the Morris Canal; died in Jersey City, N.J., on February 7, 1834; interment in Trinity Church Cemetery, New York City, N.Y.
Born in West Hills, near Huntington, Suffolk County, N.Y., on September 14, 1769; Silas Wood pursued classical studies; was graduated from Princeton College in 1789 and during the five succeeding years was a teacher at that institution; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Huntington, N.Y.; was appointed district attorney of Suffolk County in 1818 and 1821; elected to the Sixteenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1829); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; died in Huntington, N.Y., March 2, 1847; interment in the Old Public Cemetery on Main Street.
Born in Newtown, Long Island (now a part of the Borough of Queens), New York, Lent engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City. He served as judge of Queens County and served from February 5, 1823, to March 4, 1829.
Lent was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 22, 1833. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Twenty-second Congress). He was interred in the Congressional Cemetery. He was reinterred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Newtown, Long Island, New York. See Lent Family Home and Cemetery.
a Representative from New York; born in Norwich, Conn., February 21, 1777; received a liberal schooling; moved to East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y., where he practiced medicine; member of the State senate in 1822; supervisor of East Hampton 1829-1832 and in 1844; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twenty-fourth Congress); member of the State constitutional convention in 1846; collector of customs at Sag Harbor, N.Y., 1845-1849; died in East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y., May 18, 1858; interment in South End Cemetery.
Thomas B. Jackson
a Representative from New York; born in Jerusalem, Long Island, N.Y., March 24, 1797; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Jerusalem, Hempstead, and Newtown, N.Y.; elected county judge in 1832; member of the State assembly 1833-1835; moved to Newtown, Long Island, N.Y., in 1835; justice of the peace; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Newtown (now Elmhurst Station), Flushing, Long Island, N.Y., April 23, 1881; interment in Flushing Cemetery.
Charles Albert Floyd
a Representative from New York; born in Smithtown, Suffolk County, N.Y., in 1791; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; county clerk in 1820 and 1821; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; district attorney in 1830; member of the State assembly in 1836 and 1838; president of the board of trustees of Huntington 1837-1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); county judge of Suffolk County 1843-1865; supervisor of the town of Huntington 1843-1865; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Commack, Long Island, N.Y., February 20, 1873; interment in the Methodist Church Cemetery.
Selah Brewster Strong
Selah Brewster Strong a Representative from New York; born in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, N.Y., May 1, 1792; received a preliminary education and was graduated from Yale College in 1811; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1814 and began practice in New York City; during the War of 1812 was commissioned as an ensign and quartermaster in the Tenth Regiment, Third Brigade, New York City and County Troops, and in 1815 was promoted successively to lieutenant and captain; master in chancery in 1817; moved to Brookhaven in 1820; district attorney for Suffolk County from 1821 to 1847, except for nine months in 1830; appointed judge advocate of the First Division of the New York State Infantry in 1825; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; resumed the practice of law; judge of the supreme court for the second judicial district from June 7, 1847, to January 1, 1860; member of the State constitutional convention in 1867; died in Setauket, Long Island, N.Y., November 29, 1872; interment on his estate.
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