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Politician members in New Jersey

  Henry Elijah Ackerson, Jr. (1880-1970) — also known as Henry E. Ackerson, Jr. — of Keyport, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in Holmdel, Monmouth County, N.J., October 15, 1880. Democrat. Bank clerk; lawyer; bank director; member of New Jersey state senate from Monmouth County, 1915-19; circuit judge in New Jersey, 1924-47; associate justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 1948-52. Member, American Bar Association; Royal Arcanum. Died, in the Arnold Walter Nursing Home, Holmdel, Monmouth County, N.J., December 9, 1970 (age 90 years, 55 days). Interment at Holmdel Cemetery, Holmdel, N.J.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frederick W. Gnichtel (b. 1860) — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., 1860. Republican. Lawyer; mayor of Trenton, N.J., 1906-08. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arcanum. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, August 15, 1888, to Caroline Collis Stevenson.
  Reuben Locke Haskell (1878-1971) — also known as Reuben L. Haskell — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 5, 1878. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908, 1920; U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1915-19; defeated, 1912; county judge in New York, 1920-25; candidate in primary for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1921. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Royal Arcanum; Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Delta Chi. Died in Westwood, Bergen County, N.J., October 2, 1971 (age 92 years, 362 days). Interment at Mt. Repose Cemetery, Haverstraw, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Robert B. Haskell and Monrovia (Grayson) Haskell; married, October 8, 1902, to Aleda C. Baylis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Almeth White Hoff (1878-1950) — also known as Almeth W. Hoff — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 24, 1878. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1911-12, 1914-15; defeated, 1933; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arcanum. Died, from a heart ailment, in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., September 22, 1950 (age 71 years, 272 days). Interment at Rahway Cemetery, Rahway, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph F. Hoff and Sarah Adelia (White) Hoff (1853-1924).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harold Giles Hoffman (1896-1954) — also known as Harold G. Hoffman — of South Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in South Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J., February 7, 1896. Republican. Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; real estate business; banker; newspaper columnist and radio commentator; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Middlesex County, 1923-24; mayor of South Amboy, N.J., 1925-27; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1927-31; New Jersey Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, 1930-35; Governor of New Jersey, 1935-38; defeated in primary, 1940, 1946; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business); colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Methodist. Member, Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America; American Legion; Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Royal Arcanum. Suspended in 1954 as head of the New Jersey unemployment compensation system for an investigation of financial irregularities. Subsequently, when he died, his written confession of embezzlement schemes was disclosed. Died, of a heart attack, in his room at the Blake Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 4, 1954 (age 58 years, 117 days). Interment at Christ Church Cemetery, South Amboy, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Hoffman and Ada Crawford (Thom) Hoffman; married, September 10, 1919, to Lillie Moss.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frederick C. Hyer (b. 1874) — of Union County, N.J. Born in Rahway, Union County, N.J., December 10, 1874. Democrat. Lawyer; newspaper editor; candidate for New Jersey state senate from Union County, 1908. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Elks; Royal Arcanum; Sons of the American Revolution. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Lewis Spencer Hyer (1839-1909) and Jane (Young) Hyer; married, January 12, 1898, to Edith Cook.
  John N. Klein (b. 1862) — of Belleville, Essex County, N.J. Born in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa., April 24, 1862. Republican. Druggist; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1899-1900; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912. Christian Reformed. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Elks; Royal Arcanum; Modern Woodmen of America; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David G. Klein and Maria (Pott) Klein; married 1890 to Elizabeth Gephart.
  Ardolph Loges Kline (1858-1930) — also known as Ardolph L. Kline — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born near Newton, Sussex County, N.J., February 21, 1858. Republican. Colonel in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1913; U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1921-23; defeated, 1922. Episcopalian. German and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, United Spanish War Veterans; Sons of Veterans; Royal Arcanum. Died in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 13, 1930 (age 72 years, 234 days). Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Anthony Kline and Margaret (Busby) Kline; married, November 25, 1886, to Frances A. Phalon.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Samuel Allen Laning (b. 1852) — also known as Samuel A. Laning — of Bridgeton, Cumberland County, N.J. Born in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, N.J., August 10, 1852. Democrat. Postmaster at Bridgeton, N.J., 1887-90, 1894-96; newspaper editor. Presbyterian. Member, Junior Order; Royal Arcanum. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles W. Laning (1824-1897) and Hope (Allen) Laning (1828-1916); married, August 23, 1888, to Ella D. Stout; great-grandnephew of Samuel Laning; first cousin thrice removed of John Lanning (1780-1850).
  Political families: Hoar-Sherman family of Massachusetts; Lockwood-Lanning family of New Jersey; Hendricks family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Arthur Harry Moore (1879-1952) — also known as A. Harry Moore — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., July 3, 1879. Democrat. Lawyer; Governor of New Jersey, 1926-29, 1932-35, 1938-41; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1952; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1935-38. Christian Reformed. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Grange; Delta Theta Phi; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; Eagles; Royal Arcanum; Foresters. Died from a heart attack while driving his car along State Highway 29 in Branchburg, Somerset County, N.J., November 18, 1952 (age 73 years, 138 days). Interment at Bayview - New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harry J. Palmer (b. 1872) — of Rosebank, Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y.; Port Richmond, Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Born in Dover, Morris County, N.J., February 28, 1872. Democrat. Merchant; member of New York state senate 24th District, 1929-34. Member, Elks; Kiwanis; Royal Arcanum. Burial location unknown.
  William H. Parry (b. 1877) — of Nutley, Essex County, N.J.; Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Mt. Holly, Burlington County, N.J., November 11, 1877. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state senate from Essex County, 1921-23. Member, Royal Arcanum; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William C. Parry (1849-?).
  Charles A. Rathbun (1867-1927) — of Madison, Morris County, N.J. Born in Madison, Morris County, N.J., January 7, 1867. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state senate from Morris County, 1914-16. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Royal Arcanum. Died in 1927 (age about 60 years). Interment at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan, N.J.
  Relatives: Grandfather of Donald R. Dwight (1931-).
  Political family: Dwight family of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Wilbour Eddy Saunders (1894-1979) — also known as Wilbour E. Saunders — of Hightstown, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Warwick, Kent County, R.I., September 20, 1894. Pastor; chaplain; school headmaster; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Mercer County, 1947; interim president, Keuka College, 1965-66. Baptist. Member, American Academy of Political and Social Science; Delta Tau Delta; Freemasons; Junior Order; Royal Arcanum; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1979 (age about 84 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Colver Leeds Saunders and Harriet (Robertson) Saunders; married, September 22, 1919, to Mildred A. Paige.
  George Nicholas Seger (1866-1940) — also known as George N. Seger — of Passaic, Passaic County, N.J. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 4, 1866. Republican. Builder; mayor of Passaic, N.J., 1911-19; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1916; U.S. Representative from New Jersey, 1923-40 (7th District 1923-33, 8th District 1933-40); died in office 1940. Member, Royal Arcanum; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks. Died August 26, 1940 (age 74 years, 235 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Cross-reference: Gordon Canfield
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Herbert Worthington Taylor (1869-1931) — also known as Herbert W. Taylor — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Belleville, Essex County, N.J., February 19, 1869. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1904-05; chair of Essex County Republican Party, 1913-17; Essex County Attorney, 1918-21; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 8th District, 1921-23, 1925-27; defeated, 1926. Episcopalian. Member, Phi Delta Phi; Freemasons; Shriners; Modern Woodmen; Junior Order; Royal Arcanum. Died October 15, 1931 (age 62 years, 238 days). Interment at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Delawanna, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of James C. Taylor and Mary E. (Worthington) Taylor; married, October 2, 1895, to Florence Watson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Wesley A. Taylor (b. 1906) — of East Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, N.J., July 12, 1906. Republican. Bookbinder; Secretary and Business Representative, Bookbinders Local Union #62; delegate to New Jersey AFL and other labor councils; vice-president, Allied Printing Trades Council; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Essex County, 1947. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arcanum. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Clarence A. Taylor and Almeda S. (Henry) Taylor.
  Edmund Waring Wakelee (b. 1869) — also known as Edmund W. Wakelee — of Demarest, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., November 21, 1869. Republican. Lawyer; utility executive; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1899-1900; member of New Jersey state senate from Bergen County, 1901-10; member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1910; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1940. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Delta Upsilon; Phi Delta Phi; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Elks; Royal Arcanum; Knights of Honor; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Nicholas Wakelee and Eliza C. (Ingersoll) Wakelee.
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