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The James House

The James House, now demolished was an excellent example of the Italianate style of architecture that was popular during the mid-19th century. It boasted extensive gardens and a lantern that was given to Col. James when he visited China. The James family resided in this home for over 80 years. The James House had a number of famous visitors during its history including Sec. of State James G. Blaine, Generals Grant and Sheridan, and Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune.A number of prominent citizens in Ogdensburg have resided in this home. Born in Stephentown, NY in 1812 Congressman Amaziah Bailey James was trained as a printer. He arrived in Ogdensburg in 1831 starting the Northern Light newspaper. In 1838 he was admitted to the bar after studying the law with the Hon. James G. Hopkins. During the Patriot War, James took part in the capture of the Pirate Bill Johnson. Known as an ardent anti-slavery man, he was elected a justice of the New York State supreme court …

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