Born in Weedsport, New York. He attended the public schools and Munro Collegiate Institute, Elbridge, New York and graduated from Yale College in 1884. He moved to Rochester the same year and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Rochester.
He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904. He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James B. Perkins (April 19, 1910 – March 3, 1911). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1910, and resumed the practice of his profession in Rochester.
He declined the Democratic nomination for mayor of Rochester in 1913. He was vice president and secretary of the Eastman Kodak Company, and head of its legal department from 1919 until his death and interment in Mount Hope Cemetery in 1927.
- United States Congress. "James S. Havens (id: H000358)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- James S. Havens at Find a Grave
- New York Times, James S. Havens, Noted Lawyer, Dies, February 28, 1927
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
James B. Perkins
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 32nd congressional district
Henry G. Danforth
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