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Darwin Rush JAMES

(1834-1908)

JAMES, Darwin Rush, a Representative from New York; born in Williamsburg, Hampshire County, Mass., May 14, 1834; pursued an academic course in the Mount Pleasant Boarding School, Amherst, Mass.; moved with his parents to Williamsburg, N.Y., in 1847; entered the mercantile business in New York City in 1850; secretary of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation; park commissioner of Brooklyn 1876-1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); declined a renomination; chairman of United States Board of Indian Commissioners in 1890; member of New York Canal Commission in 1898; resumed mercantile pursuits; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., November 19, 1908; interment in the City Cemetery, Williamsburg, Mass.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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