James T. Austin

James Trecothick Austin
22nd Massachusetts
Attorney General
In office
Preceded by Perez Morton
Succeeded by John H. Clifford
(From 1849; Office Abolished from 1843–1849)
Suffolk County, Massachusetts
In office
1812[1]  1832[1]
Personal details
Born January 7, 1784[1]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Died May 8, 1870(1870-05-08) (aged 86)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Political party Anti-Federalist,[1][2] National Republican Party[3][4]
Spouse(s) Catharine Gerry[5]
Children Ivers James Austin, born February 14, 1808, d June 11, 1889;[6] Marie Cornelia Ritchie Austin, b. March 8, 1821, d, December 6, 1864.[5]
Profession Attorney[1]

James Trecothick Austin (January 7, 1784 – May 8, 1870) was the 22nd Massachusetts Attorney General.[1] Austin was the son of Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, and Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts Jonathan L. Austin.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1824.[7]


Austin married Catharine Gerry,[6] the eldest daughter[6] of Elbridge Gerry,[5] they had a son, Ivers James Austin, born February 14, 1808,[6] and a daughter, Marie Cornelia Ritchie Austin, born on March 8, 1821.[5]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Wilson, James Grant (1888), "Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. I., Aaron-Crandall", D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, New York, N.Y., p. 120.
  2. Larned, Josephus Nelson (1902), "The Literature of American History: a Bibliographical guide", Houghton, Mifflin & CO., Boston, Ma, p. 157.
  3. Massachusetts Historical Society (1907), "Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society Second Series, Vol. XX", Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, p. 499.
  4. White, James Terry White, "The National cyclopaedia of American biography: being the history of the United States as Illustrated in the lives of the Founders, Builders, and Defenders of the Republic, and of the men and women who are Doing the Work and Moulding the thought of the Present Time, Volume XXII", James T. White & Company, New York, N.Y., p. 209.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Dwight, Benjamin Woodbridge (1871), "The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass., Volume II.", Joel Munsell, Albany, N.Y., p. 1206.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Linzee, John William (1917), "The Linzee Family of Great Britain and the United States of America and The Allied Families, Volume II.", John William Linzee, Boston, Massachusetts, p. 768.
  7. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 27, 2011.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Perez Morton
22nd Attorney General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
John H. Clifford
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