|Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission|
May 5, 1965 - October 31, 1969
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|4th United States Ambassador to the United Nations|
September 8, 1960 – January 21, 1961
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Adlai Stevenson|
|Administrator of the Federal Civil Defense Administration|
November 15, 1952 – February 20, 1953
|President||Harry S. Truman|
Dwight D. Eisenhower
|Preceded by||Millard F. Caldwell|
|Succeeded by||Val Peterson|
|Born||June 12, 1905|
Groveland, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 13, 1984 (aged 78)|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Harty Griggs Tilton|
|Education||Yale University (BA)|
A member of the prominent Genesee Valley Wadsworths, James J. Wadsworth was born in Groveland, New York on June 12, 1905. He was a direct descendant of pioneer William Wadsworth, a founder of Hartford, Connecticut.
His great-grandfather, James S. Wadsworth, was a Union general in the American Civil War, killed in the Battle of the Wilderness of 1864. Both his grandfather, James Wolcott Wadsworth, and his father, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., represented New York in Congress. His other grandfather was United States Secretary of State John Hay. His sister Evelyn was married to William Stuart Symington; they were the parents of James Wadsworth Symington, his nephew.
He was medically unfit for World War II because of an injured leg, but aided the war effort as an assistant manager at the Curtiss-Wright Corporation plant in Buffalo, New York. In 1950, he became deputy administrator of the civil defense office for the National Security Resources Board, which drafted many of the civil defense plans that were prepared at the height of the Cold War.
From 1953 to 1960, Wadsworth was Deputy Chief of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. He was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President Eisenhower, and he served from 1960 to 1961.
In 1965, President Johnson appointed Wadsworth to the Federal Communications Commission, and he served until 1970. Wadsworth left the FCC to join the American team negotiating a charter for the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (Intelsat).
- Alice Wadsworth (1928–1998), who married Trowbridge Strong (1925–2001) in 1948.
- The Price of Peace, Praeger, 1961.
- The Glass House, Praeger, 1966.
- The Silver Spoon: An Autobiography, W. F. Humphrey Press (Geneva, NY), 1980.
- "James J(eremiah) Wadsworth." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
- "YALE'S 'TAP DAY' CLOSE AT HAND: Four Senior Societies Will Pick Their New Members on the Campus on Thursday. SIXTY MEN TO BE CHOSEN Honors Usually Go to Juniors Who Have Rendered Special Service to Their Class". New York Times. 9 May 1926. p. 2.
- Commerce, United States Congress Senate (1965). Adams, Bagge, Donner, Ross, Trowbridge and Wadsworth Nominations, Hearing, 89-1, April 13, 27, 1965. p. 32. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
- Baker, Conrad (February 15, 2016). "General James Wadsworth's House Opens for Weddings". Genesee Sun. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
- Treaster, Joseph B. (March 15, 1984). "James J. Wadsworth Dies at 78; Headed U.s. Delegation to U.n." The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
- Reminiscences of James Jeremiah Wadsworth - Oral History - Eisenhower Administrative File - Columbia University
- "New Job for Old Hand" - Time - August 22, 1960
- James Jeremiah Wadsworth at The Political Graveyard
- James J. Wadsworth Dies at 78, New York Times, March 15, 1984
|New York State Assembly|
| Member of the New York Assembly
from Livingston County
Joseph W. Ward
Millard F. Caldwell
| Administrator of the Federal Civil Defense Administration
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
| United States Ambassador to the United Nations