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John Franklin Fort

  • Birth 30 Mar 1852 Pemberton, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 17 Nov 1920 South Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Lot 827 & 901
  • Memorial ID 20129

New Jersey Governor. He attended the Pennington Seminary, earned a law degree from the Albany Law School, 1872, was admitted to the bar and established a legal career. He was a judge of the Newark First District Court, (1878-83) and was a delegate of New Jersey Republican Conventions, (1884-96). He also served as a judge on the Essex Common Pleas Court, in 1896 and served as a New Jersey Supreme Court justice, (1900-07). In 1907, he was elected as a Democrat, the 42nd Governor of New Jersey, serving until 1911. During his term, a department of education was formed, the state deficit was erased and the state highway system was advanced. After leaving office, he was a special U.S. envoy to the Dominican Republic, in 1914, as well as serving in Haiti, in 1915 and chaired the Federal Trade Commission, (1917-19). He retired from politics due to illness and died at age 68. His uncle, George Franklin Fort was also Governor of New Jersey.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 5 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20129
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Franklin Fort (30 Mar 1852–17 Nov 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20129, citing Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .