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French ancestry Politicians in New Jersey

  J. Henry Bacheller (1869-1939) — also known as Harry Bacheller — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., February 1, 1869. President, Fidelity Union Trust Co.; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1900-02; member of New Jersey state senate from Essex County, 1903-05. Baptist. English, Scottish, and French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died, of heart disease, in Newark, Essex County, N.J., December 12, 1939 (age 70 years, 314 days). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, N.J.
  J. W. Rufus Besson (c.1871-1936) — of Hudson County, N.J.; Tenafly, Bergen County, N.J. Born about 1871. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Hudson County, 1903-04; district judge in New Jersey, 1910; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1920. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Sons of the Revolution. Died, following a series of apoplectic strokes, in Tenafly, Bergen County, N.J., January 12, 1936 (age about 65 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Cousin *** of Harlan Besson (1887-1949).
  Eugene Ezra Demarest (1907-1986) — also known as Eugene E. Demarest — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J., April 20, 1907. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1954; mayor of Hackensack, N.J., 1960-61; candidate in primary for Governor of New Jersey, 1961. Swedish, Dutch, and French Huguenot ancestry. Died August 7, 1986 (age 79 years, 109 days). Interment at Hackensack Cemetery, Hackensack, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John Ezra Demarest (1865-1917) and Kirsten Marie (Swensen) Demarest (1877-1947); married, May 3, 1929, to Matilda Raemer; married, April 14, 1967, to Irene T. Oshinski; third cousin thrice removed of Andrew H. Demarest (1844-1896).
  Political family: Demarest family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Clarence Douglas Dillon (1909-2003) — also known as C. Douglas Dillon; Clarence Douglass Dillon — of Far Hills, Somerset County, N.J. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, of American parents, August 21, 1909. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; financier; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1952 (alternate), 1968; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1953-57; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1961-65. Scottish, French, Swedish, and Jewish ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Society of Colonial Wars. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 6, 1989. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 10, 2003 (age 93 years, 142 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anne McEldin (Douglass) Dillon (1881-1961) and Clarence Dillon (1882-1979; financier); married, March 10, 1931, to Phyllis Chess Ellsworth; married 1983 to Susan Sage.
  Dillon House (offices, built 1965), at Harvard University Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Livingston Farrand (1867-1939) — of Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y.; Brewster, Putnam County, N.Y. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., June 14, 1867. Physician; anthropologist; psychologist; university professor; president, University of Colorado, 1914-19; chairman, Central Committee of the American Red Cross, 1919-21; president, Cornell University, 1921-37; elected (Wet) delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment 1933, but did not serve. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, American Public Health Association; American Psychological Association. Died, of pneumonia, in New York Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 8, 1939 (age 72 years, 147 days). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Ashbel Farrand and Louise (Wilson) Farrand; married, February 1, 1901, to Margaret K. Carleton.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Faucheraud Grimké (1752-1819) — also known as John Grimké — of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., December 16, 1752. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; lawyer; planter; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1782-90; superior court judge in South Carolina, 1783; intendant of Charleston, South Carolina, 1786-88; resigned 1788. French Huguenot and German ancestry. Died in Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., August 9, 1819 (age 66 years, 236 days). Interment somewhere in Long Branch, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John Paul Grimké (1713-1791) and Mary (Faucheraud) Grimké (1722-1791); married 1784 to Mary 'Polly' Smith; grandfather of Archibald Henry Grimké; first cousin of Elizabeth Grimke (1742-1792; who married John Rutledge (1739-1800)); first cousin once removed of John Rutledge, Jr..
  Political family: Middleton-Huger-Rutledge-Drayton family of Charleston, South Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Abram Stevens Hewitt (1822-1903) — also known as Abram S. Hewitt — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Haverstraw, Rockland County, N.Y., July 31, 1822. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; early manufacturer of wrought iron; U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1875-79, 1881-87; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1876; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1876; member of Democratic National Committee from New York, 1880; mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1887-88. English and French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Ringwood, Passaic County, N.J., January 18, 1903 (age 80 years, 171 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Hewitt (1777-1857) and Ann (Gurnee) Hewitt (1784-1870); married 1855 to Sarah Amelia Cooper (daughter of Peter Cooper; sister of Edward Cooper); father of Edward Ringwood Hewitt (1866-1957; son-in-law of James Mitchell Ashley (1824-1896)).
  Political family: Cooper-Ashley family of New York City, New York.
  The World War II Liberty ship SS Abram S. Hewitt (built 1943, sunk 1964) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Marie Hilson Katzenbach (1882-1970) — also known as Marie H. Katzenbach; Marie Louise Hunt Hilson — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., December 8, 1882. Librarian; member, New Jersey State Board of Education, 1921-64; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Mercer County, 1947. Female. French ancestry. Member, Daughters of the American Revolution; Colonial Dames. Died in Princeton, Mercer County, N.J., February 4, 1970 (age 87 years, 58 days). Interment at Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, N.J.
  Relatives: Daughter of Cleveland Hilson (1842-1899) and Matilda Emily (Hunt) Hilson (1854-1924); married, November 7, 1911, to Edward Lawrence Katzenbach (1878-1934); mother of Nicholas de Belleville Katzenbach; second great-granddaughter of Moore Furman.
  Political family: Katzenbach family of New Jersey.
  The Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, in Trenton, New Jersey, is named for her.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frank Jacob LeFevre (1874-1941) — also known as Frank J. LeFevre — of New Paltz, Ulster County, N.Y. Born in New Paltz, Ulster County, N.Y., November 30, 1874. Republican. Banker; member of New York state senate 25th District, 1903-04; U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1905-07. French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., April 29, 1941 (age 66 years, 150 days). Interment at Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, Staten Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob LeFever (1830-1905).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Theodore Runyon (1822-1896) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Somerville, Somerset County, N.J., October 25, 1822. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1860; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1864; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1864-66; candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1865; chancellor of New Jersey court of chancery, 1873-87; U.S. Minister to Germany, 1893; U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1893-96, died in office 1896. French Huguenot ancestry. Died, of heart failure, in Berlin, Germany, January 27, 1896 (age 73 years, 94 days). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, N.J.
  Relatives: Married to Clementine Bruen (1843-1921).
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  David H. Trembley (b. 1858) — of Rahway, Union County, N.J. Born in New Jersey, 1858. Carriage painter; mayor of Rahway, N.J., 1918-22; on May 31, 1919, he prevented a Socialist orator, Frederick Harwood, from speaking, by spraying him and his audience with a fire hose; subsequently arrested and charged with assault and inciting to riot; retaliated by arresting Justice of the Peace Gustav Theimer, who had indicted him, and arraigned him on a charge of improper procedure. French Huguenot ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Garrett Dorset Wall Vroom (b. 1843) — also known as Garrett D. W. Vroom — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., December 17, 1843. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1876, 1888 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization); mayor of Trenton, N.J., 1881-84. Dutch and French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Sons of the Revolution. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Dumont Vroom, Jr.; grandson of Garret Dorset Wall (1783-1850).
  Political family: Wall-Vroom family of Trenton, New Jersey.
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