Born: August 11, 1826 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died (in office): October 30, 1875 in San Francisco, CA
1859-1862: Member, San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
1860: U.S. Presidential Elector
1862: Declined to serve the Assembly term to which he had been elected.
1862: Treasurer, San Francisco Relief Commission
1873: Mayor, City of San Francisco
- DECLINED TO ASSUME OFFICE: In 1862, Otis declined to serve in the Assembly because he was scheduled to leave on a trip to Japan.
- PLACENAME: The James Otis Grove (of redwoods) is located at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (named 1947).