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James W. Covert

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James W. Covert
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Chairman of the House Committee on Patents
In office
Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byPerry Belmont
Succeeded byRichard C. McCormick
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byHenry B. Metcalfe
Succeeded byPerry Belmont
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 1, 1882 – December 31, 1883
Preceded byJohn Birdsall
Succeeded byJames Otis
Personal details
Born(1842-09-02)September 2, 1842
Oyster Bay, New York
DiedMay 16, 1910(1910-05-16) (aged 67)
Brooklyn, New York
Political partyDemocratic

James Way Covert (September 2, 1842 – May 16, 1910) was an American lawyer and politician who served five terms as a United States representative from New York from 1877 to 1881, and from 1889 to 1895


Born at Oyster Bay, he attended the public schools and received an academic education in Locust Valley. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1863, and commenced practice in Flushing. He was district school commissioner from 1867 to 1870, assistant prosecuting attorney of Queens County, and Surrogate of Queens County from 1870 to 1874.

Tenures in Congress

Covert was elected as a Democrat to the 45th and 46th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1881. He was Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture (46th Congress). He was a member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) in 1882 and 1883.

He was elected to the 51st, 52nd and 53rd United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1895. He was Chairman of the House Committee on Patents (53rd Congress).

Later career and death

Covert moved to Brooklyn in 1896 and resumed the practice of law. He died in Brooklyn in 1910; interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth.


  • United States Congress. "James W. Covert (id: C000814)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • James W. Covert at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
New York State Senate
Preceded by New York State Senate
1st District

Succeeded by

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