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  John Herbert Adler (1959-2011) — also known as John H. Adler — of Cherry Hill, Camden County, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., August 23, 1959. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state senate 6th District, 1991-2008; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004, 2008; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 2009-; defeated, 1990. Jewish. Died while recovering from heart surgery, in connection with a staph infection, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., April 4, 2011 (age 51 years, 224 days). Interment at Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, N.J.
  Relatives: Married to Shelley Levitan.
  Epitaph: "Beloved husband and father -- He loved his family and his country -- missed terribly by both."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Israel J. P. Adlerman (c.1879-1941) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born about 1879. Democrat. Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1930; Justice of City Court in the Bronx, 1933-41. Jewish. Member, Freemasons. Died in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., September 3, 1941 (age about 62 years). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Rochelle Park, N.J.
  Jack Alter (1927-2007) — of Fort Lee, Bergen County, N.J. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., December 21, 1927. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; insurance business; mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., 1992-2007; nominated, but died before the election 2007; died in office 2007. Jewish. Died in Englewood Hospital, Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., August 27, 2007 (age 79 years, 249 days). Interment at Knollwood Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.
  Harry Bacharach (b. 1873) — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., October 24, 1873. Postmaster at Atlantic City, N.J., 1901-03; mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., 1912, 1916-20, 1930-35. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Moose. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Bacharach and Betty (Nusbaum) Bacharach; married, September 16, 1901, to Hattie Hanstein.
  Isaac Bacharach (1870-1956) — also known as "Boardwalk Ike" — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J.; Brigantine, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., January 5, 1870. Republican. Real estate business; lumber business; banker; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Atlantic County, 1911; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1915-37; defeated, 1936; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1928 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee). Jewish. Member, Elks; Freemasons. Died in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., September 5, 1956 (age 86 years, 244 days). Interment at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Bacharach and Betty (Nusbaum) Bacharach; married to Florence Scull (died 1904).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Nathan Barnert (1838-1927) — of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Born in Posen, Prussia (now Poznan, Poland), September 20, 1838. Democrat. Tailor; clothing manufacturer; real estate business; mayor of Paterson, N.J., 1883-86, 1889-90; philanthropist. Jewish. Died, of pneumonia, in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., December 23, 1927 (age 89 years, 94 days). Interment at Mt. Neboh Cemetery, Paterson, N.J.
  Relatives: Married to Miriam Phillips (died 1901).
  Abraham Bernstein (1918-1990) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 1, 1918. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of New York state senate, 1961-90 (28th District 1961-65, 36th District 1966, 32nd District 1967-90); died in office 1990. Jewish. Member, American Jewish Congress; Zionist Organization of America; B'nai B'rith. One leg was amputated in 1977 due to phlebitis. Died, following a heart attack, in Albert Einstein Medical Center, Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., March 4, 1990 (age 71 years, 307 days). Interment at New Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin, N.J.
  Relatives: Married to Ruth Schub and Gretchen Diamond.
  Werner Michael Blumenthal (b. 1926) — also known as W. Michael Blumenthal — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich.; Princeton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Oranienburg, Germany, January 3, 1926. Democrat. President, Bendix International, 1967-70; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1977-79; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984; chairman, Burroughs (1980-86), and Unisys (1986-90); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008; president, Berlin Jewish Museum. Jewish. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; American Economic Association. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Married 1951 to Margaret Polley.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Jeffrey Boss (b. 1963) — also known as Jeff Boss — of Guttenberg, Hudson County, N.J. Born May 20, 1963. Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 2008, 2014 (NSA Did 9/11); candidate for President of the United States, 2008 (Independent), 2012 (NSA Did 9/11); candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 2009 (Democratic primary), 2013 (NSA Did 9/11). Jewish. Still living as of 2014.
  Campaign slogan (2009): "No Tolls, Lower Taxes, Free College."
  See also Wikipedia article
  Michael Chertoff (b. 1953) — Born in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., November 28, 1953. Republican. Lawyer; law clerk for U.S. Judge Murray Gurfein, 1978-79, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brenan, 1979-80; U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1990-94; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 2003-05; resigned 2005; U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005-09. Jewish. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Rabbi Gershon Baruc Chertoff Chertoff (1915-1996) and Livia (Eisen) Chertoff.
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  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
  George M. Eichler (1896-1967) — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J.; Weehawken, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J., December 20, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 11th District, 1926, 1928; elected (Wet) delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify 21st amendment from Hudson County 1933; candidate for New Jersey state senate, 1934. Jewish. Member, American Legion. Died December 16, 1967 (age 70 years, 361 days). Interment at Beth Miriam Memorial Park, Neptune Township, Monmouth County, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Eichler and Julia (Greenwald) Eichler; married, September 8, 1935, to Sally Jacobs.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Abram Isaac Elkus (1867-1947) — also known as Abram I. Elkus — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 6, 1867. Democrat. Lawyer; member, New York State Board of Regents, 1911-19; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912; U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1916-17; judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1919-20; defeated, 1913, 1920. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; American Jewish Committee; Freemasons. Died in Red Bank, Monmouth County, N.J., October 15, 1947 (age 80 years, 70 days). Interment at Beth Olom Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Elkus and Julia Elkus; married, April 15, 1896, to Gertrude R. Hess; father of Katharine Elkus White (born1906).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Meyer C. Ellenstein (1886-1967) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 15, 1886. Democrat. Dentist; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1924 (alternate), 1940, 1948; lawyer; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1933-41; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1952. Jewish. Died February 11, 1967 (age 80 years, 119 days). Interment at Oheb Shalom Cemetery, Hillside, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Max Ellenstein and Libby (Bzuroff) Ellenstein; married, March 15, 1913, to Hilda Hausner (divorced 1943); married, September 25, 1943, to Ruth Tlusty.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Emanuel Joshua Evans (1907-1997) — also known as Emanuel J. Evans; E. J. Evans; "Mutt" — of Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born in Plainfield, Union County, N.J., May 2, 1907. Democrat. President, United Department Stores; chairman, Cape Fear Feed Products; director, Wachovia Bank; trustee, Watts Hospital; mayor of Durham, N.C., 1951-63. Jewish. Member, Tau Epsilon Phi. Died February 8, 1997 (age 89 years, 282 days). Interment at Durham Hebrew Cemetery, Durham, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Evans and Sarah (Newmark) Evans; brother-in-law of Leon L. Schneider and Harold Lawrence Frankel; brother of Monroe E. Evans (born c.1910); married, June 19, 1928, to Sara Nachamson (1905-1986).
  Political family: Evans family of North Carolina.
  Epitaph: "The people's mayor."
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Leonard Farbstein Leonard Farbstein (1902-1993) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 12, 1902. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 4th District, 1933-56; U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 1957-71; defeated in primary, 1970. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; American Bar Association; Knights of Pythias; American Jewish Congress; American Judicature Society. Died, of advanced heart disease, at New York Downtown Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 9, 1993 (age 91 years, 28 days). Interment at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Farbstein and Yetta Schlanger Farbstein; married to Blossom Langer.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Howard Melvin Fast (1914-2003) — also known as Howard Fast; "E. V. Cunningham"; "Walter Ericson" — of Teaneck, Bergen County, N.J. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., November 11, 1914. Communist. Novelist; in 1950, suspected of sedition, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he refused to name fellow members of the Communist Party; convicted of contempt of Congress and sentenced to three months in prison; awarded the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953; American Labor candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1952. Jewish. Died in Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn., March 12, 2003 (age 88 years, 121 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Barney Fast and Ida (Miller) Fast; married, June 6, 1937, to Bette Cohen; married 1999 to Mercedes O'Connor.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Philip Forman (1895-1978) — of New Jersey. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., November 30, 1895. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1928-32; U.S. District Judge for New Jersey, 1932-59; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1959-61. Jewish. Member, American Legion; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society. Died August 17, 1978 (age 82 years, 260 days). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: Dickinson R. Debevoise
  Barney Frank (b. 1940) — of Newton, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Bayonne, Hudson County, N.J., March 31, 1940. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1973-80; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 4th District, 1981-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Jewish. Gay. Admitted in 1990 to having paid Stephen L. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex, subsequently hiring Gobie as his personal assistant, and getting 33 parking tickets dismissed for him; Gobie also used the congressman's apartment for prostitution. A move to expel Frank from the House of Representatives failed on a 38 to 390 vote; a motion to censure him failed 141-287; finally, the House voted to reprimand him by a vote of 408 to 18. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Barney Frank: Stuart Weisberg, Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman — Peter Bollen, Frank Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank
  Abraham Lincoln Freedman (1904-1971) — also known as Abraham L. Freedman — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., November 19, 1904. Lawyer; U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1961-64; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1964-71; died in office 1971. Jewish. Died March 13, 1971 (age 66 years, 114 days). Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Abraham Lincoln
  Relatives: Son of Louis Freedman and Annie (Goldman) Freedman; married, January 23, 1939, to Jane G. Sunstein.
  Abraham J. Gellinoff (1902-1994) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born November 18, 1902. Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1961-76. Jewish. Resigned during an inquiry into the appointment of his son-in-law as an arbitrator. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 21, 1994 (age 91 years, 64 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, N.J.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Benjamin Gladstone (1896-1935) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 16, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Bronx County 5th District, 1934-35; died in office 1935. Jewish. Member, Elks; American Legion. Died, from a heart attack, in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., December 13, 1935 (age 38 years, 362 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Gladstone.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Benjamin Martin Golder (1891-1946) — also known as Benjamin M. Golder — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Alliance, Salem County, N.J., December 23, 1891. Republican. Lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1917-25; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1925-33; defeated, 1940; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Jewish. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 30, 1946 (age 55 years, 7 days). Interment at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Gary Edward Greenblatt (1949-2010) — also known as Gary E. Greenblatt — of Vineland, Cumberland County, N.J. Born December 1, 1949. Democrat. Real estate broker; lawyer; candidate for New Jersey state house of assembly 1st District, 1975; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1976; director and vice-president, Covenant Bank; board chairman, Landis Savings Bank. Jewish. Died in Vineland, Cumberland County, N.J., April 8, 2010 (age 60 years, 128 days). Interment at Alliance Cemetery, Norma, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Newton Greenblatt (1923-1997) and Ruth (Rosenbaum) Greenblatt; married, March 25, 1979, to Barbara Cheryl Konell.
  Nelson Gerard Gross (1932-1997) — also known as Nelson G. Gross — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J.; Saddle River, Bergen County, N.J. Born January 9, 1932. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1962-63; candidate for New Jersey state senate District 13, 1965; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1968; chair of Bergen County Republican Party, 1969; New Jersey Republican state chair, 1969; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1970; real estate developer; restaurant owner. Jewish. Indicted in May 1973 on charges of falsifying a $5,000 contribution to the 1969 campaign of Gov. William T. Cahill, conspiring to commit tax evasion by disguising the contribution as a business expense, and counseling a witness to commit perjury; convicted in March 1974, and sentenced to two years jail; served six months. Kidnapped in Edgewater, N.J., robbed of $20,000, taken to New York, and stabbed to death, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 17, 1997 (age 65 years, 251 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Gross.
  Harry Frank Guggenheim (1890-1971) — also known as Harry F. Guggenheim — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in West End, Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., August 23, 1890. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; mining and smelting business; U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, 1929-33; co-founder, with his wife Alicia, of Newsday, the daily newspaper of Long Island, New York. Jewish. Died, of cancer, in Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 22, 1971 (age 80 years, 152 days). Interment at Salem Fields Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Guggenheim (1856-1930) and Florence (Schloss) Guggenheim (1863-1944); brother of Meyer Robert Guggenheim; married, November 9, 1910, to Helen Rosenberg (divorced 1923); married, February 3, 1923, to Caroline (Morton) Potter (divorced 1939; daughter of Paul Morton; sister of Pauline Morton Sabin; granddaughter of Julius Sterling Morton); married, July 1, 1939, to Alicia (Patterson) Brooks (1907-1963; daughter of Joseph Medill Patterson; great-granddaughter of Joseph Meharry Medill (1823-1899)); nephew of Solomon Robert Guggenheim and Simon Guggenheim.
  Political family: McCormick-Guggenheim-Morton-Medill family of Illinois and New York.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Harrison (1900-1969) — of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Born in Poland, October 4, 1900. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Passaic County, 1937. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith. Died in July, 1969 (age 68 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Harrison and Sarah (Grossberg) Harrison; married 1930 to Belle R. Roemer.
  Charles Samuel Joelson (1916-1999) — also known as Charles S. Joelson; Chuck Joelson — of New Jersey. Born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., January 27, 1916. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 8th District, 1961-69; defeated, 1954; state court judge in New Jersey, 1969. Jewish. Died, at the CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, Monmouth County, N.J., August 20, 1999 (age 83 years, 205 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Arthur George Klein (1904-1968) — also known as Arthur G. Klein — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 8, 1904. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York, 1941-45, 1946-56 (14th District 1941-45, 19th District 1946-56); Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1957-67; famously ruled, in 1963, that the novel Fanny Hill was not obscene. Jewish. Died, following a heart attack, in Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., February 20, 1968 (age 63 years, 196 days). Interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Fairview, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Klein and Gussie (Greenfield) Klein; married, February 22, 1934, to Mary R. Goldenkranz.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Herbert Charles Klein (b. 1930) — also known as Herb Klein — of Clifton, Passaic County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., June 24, 1930. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly, 1972-75 (District 14-A 1972-73, 34th District 1974-75); defeated, 1975; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 8th District, 1993-95; defeated, 1994. Jewish. Still living as of 1998.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Abram Klenert (1869-1943) — of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., February 16, 1869. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Passaic County, 1907; defeated, 1909; common pleas court judge in New Jersey, 1913; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1928. Jewish. Member, Knights of Pythias. Died, in his apartment at the Alexander Hamilton Hotel, Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., March 8, 1943 (age 74 years, 20 days). Interment at Mt. Neboh Cemetery, Paterson, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Victor Klenert (c.1837-1926) and Rose Klenert; married to Bessie Woods.
  Charles K. Krieger (c.1914-1982) — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Vienna, Austria, about 1914. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1971; defeated, 1971. Jewish. Died in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., June 17, 1982 (age about 68 years). Interment at United Hebrew Cemetery, Staten Island, N.Y.
  Frank Raleigh Lautenberg (1924-2013) — also known as Frank R. Lautenberg — of Montclair, Essex County, N.J.; Secaucus, Hudson County, N.J.; Cliffside Park, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., January 23, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; executive with Automatic Data Processing, a payroll services company; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1982-2001, 2003-13; died in office 2013; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Jewish. Member, American Jewish Committee. Died, from viral pneumonia, while suffering with stomach cancer, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 3, 2013 (age 89 years, 131 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Lautenberg and Mollie (Bergen) Lautenberg; married 1956 to Lois Levenson (divorced 1988); married 2004 to Bonnnie Englebardt.
  Cross-reference: Kevin Park
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Joseph Aaron Lazarow (1923-2008) — also known as Joseph Lazarow — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born December 17, 1923. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., 1976-82. Jewish. Died in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla., January 3, 2008 (age 84 years, 17 days). Interment at Beth Kehillah Cemetery, Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Lazarow and Eva Lazarow; married to Fredlyn Pogach (died 1993).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Leon Leonard (b. 1909) — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born March 11, 1909. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Atlantic County, 1941-47; Speaker of the New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1947; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Atlantic County, 1947. Jewish. Member, Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Louis Lippman (1864-1934) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J.; South Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., October 30, 1864. Republican. Banker; insurance executive; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920 (alternate), 1928, 1932 (alternate). Jewish. German ancestry. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in South Orange, Essex County, N.J., March 23, 1934 (age 69 years, 144 days). Interment at Bnai Jeshurun Cemetery, Hillside, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Leopold Lippman (1817-1882) and Elizabeth (Beumel) Lippman (1938-1913); married to May Rosenstein (1872-1922).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Allard Kenneth Lowenstein (1929-1980) — also known as Allard K. Lowenstein — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Long Beach, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., January 16, 1929. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960 (alternate), 1968, 1972; U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1969-71; defeated, 1970, 1972 (primary), 1972 (Liberal), 1974, 1976, 1978 (primary). Jewish. Member, Americans for Democratic Action. Shot and mortally wounded by Dennis Sweeney, in his law office in Rockefeller Center, and died about seven hours later, in St. Clare's Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 14, 1980 (age 51 years, 58 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Gabriel Abraham Lowenstein and Augusta (Goldberg) Lowenstein; married, November 25, 1966, to Jennifer Lyman.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Allard K. Lowenstein: Richard Cummings, The Pied Piper : Allard K. Lowenstein and the Liberal Dream — William H. Chafe, Never Stop Running
  Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007) — also known as Norman Mailer — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., January 31, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; novelist, essayist, magazine editor, Hollywood screenwriter, director, and actor; among the founders of the Village Voice newspaper newspaper in New York City; in November, 1960, while drunk at a party, he stabbed and wounded his wife, Adele; he was arrested and held for psychiatric evaluation, and eventually pleaded guilty to third-degree assault; arrested and jailed in 1967 in connection with an antiwar protest; candidate in primary for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1969. Jewish ancestry. Won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1969 and for fiction in 1980. Died, from acute renal failure, in Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 10, 2007 (age 84 years, 283 days). Interment at Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Barnett 'Barney' Mailer and Fanny (Schneider) Mailer; married 1944 to Beatrice 'Bea' Silverman (divorced 1952); married 1954 to Adele Morales (divorced 1962); married 1962 to Jeanne Campbell (divorced 1963); married 1963 to Beverly Bentley (divorced 1980); married 1980 to Carol Stevens (divorced 1980); married 1981 to Norris Church (1949-2010); father of Michael Mailer (film producer).
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song — The Fight
  Fiction by Norman Mailer: The Deer Park — The Naked and the Dead — An American Dream — The Gospel According to the Son
  Books about Norman Mailer: Mary V. Dearborn, Mailer : A Biography — Barry H. Leeds, The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer — Carl Rollyson, The Lives of Norman Mailer : A Biography — Jennifer Bailey, Norman Mailer: Quick Change Artist
  Critical books about Norman Mailer: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37)
  David Naar (1800-1880) — of Elizabethtown, Essex County (now Elizabeth, Union County), N.J.; Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies (now Virgin Islands), November 6, 1800. Democrat. Mayor of Elizabethtown, N.J., 1842-45; U.S. Consul in St. Thomas, 1848; newspaper editor; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1860; New Jersey state treasurer, 1865. Jewish. Portugese ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., February 24, 1880 (age 79 years, 110 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Joshua Naar (1769-1834).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph B. Perskie (1885-1957) — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Alliance, Salem County, N.J., July 20, 1885. Republican. Lawyer; associate justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 1933-47. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; Elks; Eagles; Moose. Died May 29, 1957 (age 71 years, 313 days). Interment at Beth Kehillah Cemetery, Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Harris Perskie and Minnie (Levit) Perskie; married, November 27, 1910, to Beatrice Maslansky; father of David M. Perskie (1913-1969) and Marvin D. Perskie; grandfather of Steven P. Perskie.
  Political family: Perskie family of Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
  Steven P. Perskie (b. 1945) — of Margate, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., January 10, 1945. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly, 1972-77 (District 2 1972-73, 2nd District 1974-77); member of New Jersey state senate 2nd District, 1978-82; resigned 1982; superior court judge in New Jersey, 1982. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association. Still living as of 1982.
  Relatives: Son of David M. Perskie; nephew of Marvin D. Perskie; grandson of Joseph B. Perskie (1885-1957).
  Political family: Perskie family of Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Benjamin J. Rabin (1896-1969) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., June 3, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1945-47; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1948-66. Jewish. Died in Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., February 22, 1969 (age 72 years, 264 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Rochelle Park, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Stuart Rabner (b. 1960) — of Caldwell, Essex County, N.J. Born June 30, 1960. Lawyer; law clerk for U.S. District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise, 1985-86; New Jersey state attorney general, 2006-07; chief justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 2007-. Jewish. Still living as of 2016.
  Relatives: Married 1989 to Dr. Deborah Ann Wiener.
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article
  Leo Frederick Rayfiel (1888-1978) — also known as Leo F. Rayfiel — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1939-44; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1945-47. Jewish. Died in Wayne, Passaic County, N.J., November 18, 1978 (age about 90 years). Interment at Wellwood Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Stephen B. Richer (b. 1946) — of Dover, Morris County, N.J.; Randolph, Morris County, N.J.; Gulfport, Harrison County, Miss. Born in Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, Essex County, N.J., August 18, 1946. Democrat. Democratic candidate for New Jersey state house of assembly, 1969 (District 10-A), 1971 (primary, District 10-B); alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980. Jewish. Still living as of 2005.
  Samuel Roman (1910-1998) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born, in a hospital, in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 26, 1910. Republican. Member of New York state assembly from New York County 15th District, 1947-54; defeated, 1942 (New York County 23rd District), 1944 (New York County 15th District), 1954 (New York County 15th District). Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith. Author and sponsor of nation's first law against racial discrimination in places of public accomodation, 1953. Died, of a stroke, in Spring Valley, Rockland County, N.Y., September 11, 1998 (age 88 years, 16 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, N.J.
  Steven R. Rothman (b. 1952) — of Englewood, Bergen County, N.J.; Fair Lawn, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., October 14, 1952. Democrat. Mayor of Englewood, N.J., 1983-89; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 9th District, 1997-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000, 2004, 2008. Jewish. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Murray Sabrin (b. 1946) — of Leonia, Bergen County, N.J.; Fort Lee, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Bad Wörishofen, Germany, December 21, 1946. College professor; Libertarian candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1997; candidate in Republican primary for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 2000, 2008, 2014. Jewish ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Isadore Schary (1905-1980) — also known as Dore Schary — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., August 31, 1905. Democrat. Actor, playwright, screenwriter, movie producer; replaced Louis B. Mayer as head of M-G-M Studios in 1951; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith. Died July 7, 1980 (age 74 years, 311 days). Interment at Hebrew Cemetery, West Long Branch, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Hugo Schary and Belle (Drachler) Schary; married, March 5, 1932, to Miriam Svet.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ben Shahn (1898-1969) — of Roosevelt, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania, September 12, 1898. Progressive. Artist; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1948. Jewish. Died, in Mt. Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 14, 1969 (age 70 years, 183 days). Interment at Roosevelt Cemetery, Roosevelt, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Joshua Hessel Shahn and Gittel (Lieberman) Shahn; married 1922 to Tillie Goldstein (1897-1951); married 1935 to Bernarda Bryson (1903-2004).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
Carl Sherman Carl Sherman (c.1891-1956) — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Olmütz, Austria (now Olomouc, Czechia), about 1891. Democrat. New York state attorney general, 1923-24; defeated, 1924; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924, 1948 (alternate), 1956; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1942; treasurer of New York Democratic Party, 1945-50. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; American Jewish Congress. Died in Larchmont, Westchester County, N.Y., July 17, 1956 (age about 65 years). Interment at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Sanda Sherman and Pauline (Opler) Sherman.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: New York Red Book 1924
  Arthur J. Sills (1917-1982) — of Metuchen, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 23, 1917. Democrat. Lawyer; New Jersey state attorney general, 1962-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964. Jewish. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society. Died, following a stroke, in Perth Amboy General Hospital, Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J., December 26, 1982 (age 65 years, 64 days). Interment at Beth Israel Memorial Park, Woodbridge, N.J.
  Relatives: Married to Mina Minzer.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nelson F. Stamler (b. 1909) — of Union Township, Union County, N.J. Born in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., May 4, 1909. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Union County, 1960-62; member of New Jersey state senate, 1962-67 (Union County 1962-65, District 9 1966-67). Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith. Burial location unknown.
  David Theodore Wilentz (1894-1988) — also known as David T. Wilentz — of Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia), December 21, 1894. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; chair of Middlesex County Democratic Party, 1928; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956; member, Platform and Resolutions Committee, 1944; member, Arrangements Committee, 1964; delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify 21st amendment at-large; elected 1933; New Jersey state attorney general, 1934-44. Jewish. Latvian ancestry. Died in Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., July 6, 1988 (age 93 years, 198 days). Interment at Beth Israel Memorial Park, Woodbridge, N.J.
  Relatives: Married 1919 to Lena Goldman (1898-1991); father of Warren W. Wilentz (1924-2010) and Robert Nathan Wilentz; uncle of Kate Trynin (daughter-in-law of Meyer Kestnbaum); grandfather of Constance H. Williams.
  Political family: Wilentz family of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Nathan Wilentz (1927-1996) — also known as Robert N. Wilentz — of Deal, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J., February 17, 1927. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly, 1966-69 (Middlesex County 1966-67, District 7-C 1968-69); chief justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 1979-96; retired 1996. Jewish and Latvian ancestry. Died July 23, 1996 (age 69 years, 157 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Theodore Wilentz (1894-1988) and Lena (Goldman) Wilentz (1898-1991); brother of Warren W. Wilentz; married 1949 to Jacqueline Malino (1928-1989); uncle of Constance H. Williams; first cousin of Kate Trynin (daughter-in-law of Meyer Kestnbaum).
  Political family: Wilentz family of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Warren W. Wilentz (1924-2010) — of New Jersey; Edison, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J., March 29, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; Middlesex County Prosecuting Attorney, 1956-60; Middlesex County Attorney, 1960-67; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1966. Jewish. Latvian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association. Died in Edison, Middlesex County, N.J., March 18, 2010 (age 85 years, 354 days). Interment at Beth Israel Memorial Park, Woodbridge, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of David Theodore Wilentz and Lena (Goldman) Wilentz (1898-1991); brother of Robert Nathan Wilentz; married to Stefani Sheresky (1925-1992); uncle of Constance H. Williams (born1944); first cousin of Kate Trynin (daughter-in-law of Meyer Kestnbaum).
  Political family: Wilentz family of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Richard Zimmer (b. 1944) — also known as Dick Zimmer — of Flemington, Hunterdon County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., August 16, 1944. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly, 1982-87; defeated, 1979; member of New Jersey state senate, 1987-91; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 12th District, 1991-97; defeated, 2000; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1996, 2008; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2008. Jewish. Member, Common Cause. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
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