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Jacob A. Cantor

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Jacob A. Cantor
Jacob A. Cantor.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th district
In office
November 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byFrancis B. Harrison
Succeeded byIsaac Siegel
Borough president of Manhattan
In office
President pro tempore of the New York State Senate
In office
Member of the
New York State Senate
In office
January 1, 1888 – December 31, 1898
Preceded byWilliam C. Traphagen
Succeeded byThomas F. Donnelly
Constituency10th district (1888–93)
14th district (1894–95)
20th district (1896–98)
Member of the
New York State Assembly
from the 23rd New York district
In office
January 1, 1885 – December 31, 1887
Preceded byDaniel M. Van Cott
Succeeded byNicholas R. O'Connor
Personal details
Born(1854-12-06)December 6, 1854
New York City, New York
DiedJuly 2, 1921(1921-07-02) (aged 66)
New York City, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Julia Lewenthal, Lydia Greenbaum
ChildrenMargaret, Ruth and John
Alma materCity College of New York

Jacob Aaron Cantor (December 6, 1854, New York City – July 2, 1921, Manhattan, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was a United States Representative from 1913 to 1915.


He was born at 19 Second Street in New York as the son of Henry Cantor and Hannah Cantor, both natives of London. He was a reporter for the New York World from 1872 to 1877. At the same time he studied law at the City College of New York, graduated in 1875, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City.

He was a delegate to the 1884 Democratic National Convention. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 23rd D.) in 1885, 1886 and 1887. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1888 to 1898, sitting in the 111th, 112th, 113th, 114th, 115th, 116th (all six 10th D.), 117th, 118th (both 14th D.), 119th, 120th and 121st New York State Legislatures (all three 20th D.); and was President pro tempore from 1892 to 1893.

On November 2, 1891, his first wife Julia (Lewenthal) Cantor died. On September 25, 1897, he married Lydia Greenbaum, and they had three children: Margaret, Ruth and John.

He was Borough President of Manhattan from 1902 to 1903, elected on the fusion ticket headed by Seth Low for Mayor of New York City, nominated by the anti-Tammany Hall Democrats, Republicans and the Citizens Union.

Cantor was elected as a Democrat to the 63rd United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Francis Burton Harrison, and served from November 4, 1913, to March 3, 1915. He unsuccessfully contested the election of Isaac Siegel to the 64th United States Congress. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in New York City.

He was President of the New York City Department of Taxes and Assessments from 1918 until his death. He died at his home at 2345 Broadway, in Manhattan, and was buried at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

See also


  • United States Congress. "Jacob A. Cantor (id: C000125)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] Obit in NYT on July 3, 1921 (stating wrong years of his majority leadership)
  • [3] Obit of his first wife, in NYT on November 3, 1891

External links

New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Daniel M. Van Cott
New York State Assembly
New York County, 23rd District

Succeeded by
Nicholas R. O'Connor
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William C. Traphagen
New York State Senate
10th District

Succeeded by
Frank A. O'Donnel
Preceded by
Clarence E. Bloodgood
New York State Senate
14th District

Succeeded by
Thomas F. Grady
Preceded by
Harvey J. Donaldson
New York State Senate
20th District

Succeeded by
Thomas F. Donnelly
Political offices
Preceded by
Jacob Sloat Fassett
President pro tempore of the State Senate
Succeeded by
Charles T. Saxton
Political offices
Preceded by
James J. Coogan
Borough President of Manhattan
Succeeded by
John F. Ahearn
Preceded by
Francis B. Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Isaac Siegel
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