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James Gopsill

In office
May 6, 1867 – May 3, 1868
Preceded by Orestes Cleveland
Succeeded by Charles H. O'Neill

Born 1823
New York City
Died July 26, 1884
Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rachel
Children Thomas Milburn[1]
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey
Religion Roman Catholic

James Gopsill was the fifteenth mayor of Jersey City from May 6, 1867 to May 3, 1868.


He was the first Republican mayor of Jersey City. He was a delegate from New Jersey at the 1868 Republican National Convention in Chicago and a member of the Republican National Committee from New Jersey from 1868 to 1872.

The son of an English immigrant, Gopsill was born in 1823 in New York. At a young age he worked as a clerk in a dry goods store. Gopsill moved to Jersey City in 1840 and set up his own dry goods store. Gopsill became the president of the Hudson Insurance Company and founded the Children's Home for Orphans. In the 1860's, he began publishing city directories.

He died from angina while on vacation with his wife in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York on July 26, 1884.[2]

He is the grandfather of Assemblyman Thomas Gopsill.


  1. ^ Henry Whittemore, ed (2003). History of Masonry in North America from 1730 to 1800. Kessinger Publishing. p. 209. ISBN 9780766154384.,M1. Retrieved 2008-08-26.  
  2. ^ "Obituary 2.". New York Times. 1884-07-27 [1].  
Political offices
Preceded by
Orestes Cleveland
Mayor of Jersey City
Succeeded by
Charles H. O'Neill


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