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Robert J. Talbot
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1866, Scotland
Death: Jun. 9, 1935
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA

14th Mayor of Bayonne

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Talbot's father was a major in the Seaforth Highlanders and was stationed at Sterling Castle in Edinburgh. After the death of his mother, Talbot's father resigned from the British army and, with his six children, immigrated to the United States around 1878. The family settled in Bayonne, New Jersey where Talbot and his father worked for the Lombard & Ayres Oil Plant (later it became the Tide Water Oil Company). In 1889, Talbot married Isabelle Spaven of Bayonne. In the 1890's, Talbot went into the grocery business, running his own grocery store until he retired in 1917. He first ran unsuccessfully for city councilman in 1911. After another defeat, he was successfully elected in 1913. After being re-elected in 1923, the council chose Talbot to be the 14th Mayor of Bayonne, which he held for one four-year term. In the last two years of his term, he fought with the other councilman and earned the nickname "Fighting Bob." While mayor, Talbot started a successful campaign to have a bridge built across the Kill van Kull to Staten Island, New York; (the Bayonne Bridge was opened in 1931.) After his defeat for re-election in 1927 to Dr. Robert J. Daly, Talbot retired from politics, the last Republican mayor of Bayonne.  
Moravian Cemetery
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Plot: Sec G - Div A - Lot 1
Created by: Frank McGady
Record added: Apr 29, 2002
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Robert J. Talbot
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