8th & 12th Mayor of Bayonne
Born Pierre Prosper Garvin (later became Garven), he worked as a clerk for the Central railroad of New Jersey while going to law school. He graduated and became an attorney for the railroad. Garven was very active playing tennis and baseball. In 1899, he married Mary McNaughton. Garven entered politics as a Republican and while the Democratic Party was split, he managed to get elected mayor in 1906. At age 34, he was, at the time, the youngest mayor ever elected and would serve two terms. His bid for a third term was stopped temporarily when he was defeated by Democrat John C. Cain in 1910. In 1915, after Mayor Bert J. Daly stepped down there was a special election which Gaven won for the third time. He served four more years as mayor until 1919. In 1916, Garven was an alternate delegate to Republican National Convention. He was the leader of the Republican Party of Bayonne from 1906 to 1923. In 1919, Garven became the Hudson County Prosecutor of Pleas. He suffered a stroke while visiting his daughters and died later in the Jersey City Medical Center.
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