John Franklin Fort

John Franklin Fort

Pemberton, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Death 17 Nov 1920 (aged 68)
South Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Lot 827 & 901
Memorial ID 20129 · View Source
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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.

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