James B. McEwan

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James B. McEwan (1900)

James Briggs McEwan (February 7, 1855 – December 27, 1915) was an American politician from New York.


He was born on February 7, 1855, in Albany, New York, the son of John McEwan and Agnes Gordon (Lauder) McEwan. He attended the public schools and Albany Free Academy. He graduated from Yale College in 1878. Then he engaged in the coal business with his brother.[1] On April 21, 1898, he married Emma Smith McClure (died 1901). On December 6, 1902, he married Jennie (McClure) Manning, a widowed sister of his first wife.

McEwan was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 2nd D.) in 1897, 1898, 1899 and 1900.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (29th D.) from 1901 to 1906, sitting in the 124th, 125th, 126th, 127th, 128th and 129th New York State Legislatures.[2]

He was Postmaster of Albany from 1908 to 1909; and Mayor of Albany from 1910[3] to 1913.

He died on December 27, 1915, in Albany, New York,[4] and was buried at the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.[5]


  1. ^ The New York Red Book compiled by Edgar L. Murlin (published by James B. Lyon, Albany NY, 1897; pg. 238f)
  2. ^ Official New York from Cleveland to Hughes by Charles Elliott Fitch (Hurd Publishing Co., New York and Buffalo, 1911, Vol. IV; pg. 336, 338, 340f and 365f)
  3. ^ CITY TICKET IN ALBANY in the New York Times on September 29, 1909
  4. ^ Obituary Record of Graduates (Yale College; pg. 100f)
  5. ^ Notable burials at Albany Rural Cemetery Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
New York Assembly
Preceded by
James Keenholts
New York State Assembly
Albany County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Abram S. Coon
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Curtis N. Douglas
New York State Senate
29th District

Succeeded by
Frank M. Boyce
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry F. Snyder
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
Joseph William Stevens