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 Garret Augustus Hobart

Garret Augustus Hobart

Birth
Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 21 Nov 1899 (aged 55)
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Section 16, Lot 380, Grave 2 and 3
Memorial ID 2769 · View Source
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US Vice President. A member of the Republican Party, he serves as the 24th US Vice President under President William McKinley from March 1897 until his death in November 1899. Born the second of three sons, his father founded an elementary school in Long Branch, New Jersey that he attended. The family then moved to Marlboro, New Jersey where he attended the village school and later his father sent him to a boarding school in Freehold, New Jersey where he graduated in 1859 at the age of 15. He remained at home for the following year before enrolling at Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) in New Jersey, graduating in 1863. He then worked briefly as a teacher and studied law under noted Paterson, New Jersey lawyer Socrates Tuttle, during which time he worked as a bank clerk. In 1866 he was admitted to the bar as an attorney; he became a counselor-at-law in 1871 and was made a master in chancery in 1872. That year he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly from Passaic County and was re-elected the following year, and was voted Speaker of the Assembly. In 1876 he was nominated for the New Jersey Senate seat for Passaic County and was elected to a three-year term, and was re-elected in 1879. From 1881 to 1882 he served as President of the New Jersey Senate, becoming the first man to lead both houses of the legislature. In 1883 he was the Republican nominee in the election for US States Senate but was defeated. In November 1895 he managed Republican John Griggs campaign when he was elected governor of New Jersey and the election of New Jersey's first Republican governor since the 1860s led to speculation in the press that he would be a candidate for US Vice President on the Republican ticket. At the Republican National Convention in 1896, William McKinley was nominated for US President on the first ballot and Hobart also received a first-ballot nomination as US Vice President and they defeated the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan. He took an assertive role as US Senate president, ruling on disputes and trying to expedite legislation. He only cast his tie-breaking vote once, using it to defeat an amendment which would have promised self-government to the Philippines, one of the possessions which the US had taken from Spain after the Spanish-American War, and was instrumental in securing the ratification of the Treaty of Paris, which brought an end to the war. In 1898 he became ill with a serious heart ailment that was initially concealed from the public and by April 1899 his illness was well known to the press. His condition slowly became worse and by early November he did not return to his duties and he died at his home at the age of 55. His death cleared the way for the ascent of New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt who took Hobart's place on the Republican ticket in 1900 and succeeded as US President after President McKinley's assassination in September 1901. A statue in his honor was erected in 1903, outside the Paterson, New Jersey city hall.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2769
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Garret Augustus Hobart (3 Jun 1844–21 Nov 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2769, citing Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .