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Jacob Sloat Fassett (November 13, 1853 Elmira, New York - April 21, 1924 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) was a businessman, lawyer, and member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He married Jennie Louise Crocker (1860-1939) in Sacramento, California on February 13, 1879. Jennie L. Crocker was the daughter of Judge Edwin B. Crocker (1818-1875) and Margaret Elenor Rhodes (1822-1901).[1] It was Jennie Crocker's parents who founded the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. Her father, Edwin B. Crocker was the brother of the wealthy railroad baron Charles Crocker.


Early life

He attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1875. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Elmira. He was District Attorney of Chemung County in 1878 and 1879. At this time he became the proprietor of the Elmira Daily Advertiser. Afterwards he enrolled as a student in Heidelberg University in Germany, returning to Elmira in 1882 and resumed the practice of law.

Political career

Fassett's residence in Washington, D.C., while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives

Fassett was a member of the New York State Senate 1884 to 1891 and served as president pro tempore from 1889 to 1891. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880, 1892 and 1916, acting as Temporary Chairman at the 1892 conclave. He was secretary of the Republican National Committee from 1888 to 1892. President Harrison appointed him Collector of the Port of New York, a post he held from August 1 to September 15, 1891, when he resigned to run for Governor of New York. At the New York state election, 1891, he was defeated by Roswell P. Flower.

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1904 and elected to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911). His last political role was as chairman of the Republican advisory convention in 1918.

After retiring from politics, he resumed his work in the banking and lumber business in Elmira. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on April 21, 1924, while returning from a business trip to Japan and the Philippines. He was an investor in various mines among which was the Oriental Consolidated Mining Corporation in Korea. He was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in his hometown Elmira.


In World War II the United States liberty ship SS Jacob Sloat Fassett was named in his honor.

Fassett, Quebec - The village of Fassett, Quebec in Canada is named after him.

Fassett's Point - Located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, this 40 acre portion of land on the north side of West Falmouth Harbor is divided into two potions: 12 acres which comprise "Little Island" and the other 28 acres are known as "Greycourt." It was here on the 28 acres of Greycourt at the end of Little Island Road in Falmouth, Massachusetts where Jacob and his wife Jennie Crocker Fassett built a large summer estate in 1916 - 1918. After his death and then that of his wife in 1939, the estate was put up for sale for $35,000. By 1941 it had still not sold and their children had the estate destroyed and the land divided. Some of his descendants still live on the land of this great estate.[2]

Fassett Elementary School - Elementary School in Elmira, New York.[3]

Fassett Commons - In 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fassett donated $30,000 to Elmira College for the construction of a dining hall. It became the main dining hall in 1917. It is connected to the north arm of Cowles Hall. Jacob Fassett favored the name Crocker Hall, opposing the choice of Fassett Commons. When construction costs grew beyond expectations, the Fassetts donated an additional $10,000. Faculty members of the art department have their offices in Fassett Commons, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fassett Family - Although Jacob Sloat Fassett and Jennie Crocker had several children (one of whom was a doctor), none of them went into politics like their father. Their most famous child was Jacob Sloat Fassett, Jr. (1889 - 1973) or better known by his stage name as Jay Fassett who stared in several Hollywood films.[4] Jay Fassett had a son, Jacob Sloat Fassett, III (1913 - 2002) who, like his father Jay, graduated from Cornell and then went into the hotel business buying a 50 room hotel in upstate New York when he was just 26 years old.[5] Jacob Sloat Fassett, III lived his remaining years on what was left of the estate in West Falmouth.


The text on this page was adapted from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. OCMC: Chosen Gold - TIME Magazine "Chosen Gold". Time Magazine. 1939-09-11.,9171,711781,00.html?promoid=googlep. Retrieved 2008-08-08.  


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  2. ^ Candace Jenkins, Between the Forest and the Bay: A History of West Falmouth as Revealed in its Historic Buildings and Landscapes, Published by the West Falmouth Civic Association, 1998, p.124-129.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Edmund L. Pitts
President pro tempore of the New York State Senate
1888 - 1891
Succeeded by
Jacob A. Cantor
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles W. Gillet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edwin S. Underhill


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