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Joseph Fitz RANDOLPH

(1803-1873)

RANDOLPH, Joseph Fitz, a Representative from New Jersey; born in New York City March 14, 1803; in early childhood moved with his parents to Piscataway, Middlesex County, N.J.; educated by private tutors and in private schools; prepared for the class of 1825 in Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., but did not enter; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Freehold, N.J.; prosecuting attorney for Monmouth County about 1836; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1842; moved to New Brunswick in 1843 and resumed the practice of law; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1844; member of the committee appointed by the Governor in 1844 to revise the statutes of New Jersey; moved to Trenton in 1845; associate justice of the State supreme court 1845-1852; member of the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to prevent the impending war; moved to Jersey City in 1864; died in Jersey City, N.J., on March 20, 1873; interment in Easton Cemetery, Easton, Pa.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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