John W. Cady

John W. Cady
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byJoseph Kirkland
Succeeded byHenry Markell
Member of the New York State Assembly for Hamilton and Montgomery Counties
In office
July 1, 1821 – December 31, 1822
Personal details
John Watts Cady

(1790-06-28)June 28, 1790
Florida, New York
DiedJanuary 5, 1854(1854-01-05) (aged 63)
Johnstown, New York
Political partyAdams-Clay Democratic-Republican
Maria Caroline Livingston
(m. 1813; her death 1836)
Alma materUnion College

John Watts Cady (June 28, 1790 – January 5, 1854) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cady was born in Florida, Montgomery County, New York on June 28, 1790. He was one of eight children born to Ann (née Shuler) Cady and David Cady, who served in the American Revolutionary War as a Commissioner (or Paymaster) for service and was present at the surrender of John Burgoyne.[2] Judge Daniel Cady, also a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was his uncle.[1]

Cady attended school at the Old Stone Manse at Fort Hunter, and graduated from Union College in 1808, thereafter studying law.[1]


After being admitted to the bar, Cady commenced practice in Johnstown, then the county seat of Montgomery County.[1]

Cady was Town Clerk of Johnstown in 1814, 1816 and 1817; and a supervisor of Montgomery County from 1818 to 1822, and from 1826 to 1829. He was a member of the 45th New York State Legislature serving in the New York State Assembly from July 1, 1821, to December 31, 1822.[3]

In November 1822, Cady was elected as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1823, to March 4, 1825. Afterwards, he resumed the practice of law at Johnstown. In 1838, Fulton County was split from Montgomery County, and Johnstown became the seat of the new county. Cady was District Attorney of Fulton County from 1840 to 1846.[1]

He was Justice of the Peace of Johnstown in 1853.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On October 18, 1813, he was married to Maria Caroline Livingston (1794–1833), the daughter of Beeckman Livingston and Catherine (née Marsh) Livingston.[4] Maria was also the aunt of New York State Engineer and Surveyor Jonas Platt Goodsell.[5] Together, they were the parents of:[2][6]

  • Livingston Cady (1816–1846)[2]
  • David B. Cady (1820–1895)[2]
  • Anna Cady (b. 1822), who married Frederick Avery Pomeroy.[2][7][8]
  • John Watts Cady, Jr. (1825–1859),w ho married Marianne Haines (d. 1892)[2]

Cady died on January 5, 1854 in Johnstown, Fulton County, New York. He was buried at the Johnstown Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "CADY, John Watts - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Allen, Orrin Peer (1910). Descendants of Nicholas Cady of Watertown, Mass. 1645-1910. Press of C. B. Fiske & Company. p. 104. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ Hough, Franklin Benjamin (1858). The New York Civil List: Containing the names and origin of the civil divisions, and the names and dates of election or appointment of the principal state and county officers from the Revolution to the present time. Weed, Parsons and Co. p. 71. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ Browning, Charles Henry (1891). Americans of Royal Descent: A Collection of Genealogies of American Families Whose Lineage is Traced to the Legimate Issue of Kings. Porter & Costes. p. 166. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ Holgate, Jerome Bonaparte (1851). American Genealogy: Being a History of Some of the Early Settlers of North America and Their Descendants, from Their First Emigration to the Present Time ... J. Munsell & Company. p. 180. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ Cady, James William (1991). Cady Genealogy: Revised and Updated. Gateway Press. p. 2139. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ Whitman, Roscoe Leighton (1941). Kline and Young Families of the Mohawk Valley. Vol. 2. p. 58. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ Whitman, Roscoe Leighton; Bullock, Jonathan Russell. History and Genealogy of the Ancestors and Some Descendants of Stukely Westcott: One of the Thirteen Original Proprietors of Providence Plantation and the Colony of Rhode Island. Otsego Publishing Company. p. 337. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Kirkland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Markell