Hampton, James G.

Born: 1814-06-13 Bridgeton, New Jersey

Died: 1861-09-22 Bridgeton, New Jersey

Hampton attended the common schools in his birthplace and graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1835. He studied law, earned admittance to the New Jersey bar in 1839, and opened a law practice in Bridgeton. Hampton served as collector of the Port of Bridgeton from 1841 to 1844. He won election, as a Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1845 to 1849. He served alongside Abraham Lincoln in the Thirtieth Congress. Not a candidate for reelection in 1848, Hampton returned to Bridgeton and resumed his law practice. He served as solicitor of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Cumberland County, New Jersey, in 1852.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1153; Gravestone, Old Broad Street Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Bridgeton, NJ.