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 Theodore Frelinghuysen

Theodore Frelinghuysen

Birth
Somerville, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA
Death 12 Apr 1862 (aged 75)
New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Lot 429
Memorial ID 7474887 · View Source
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US Senator. The son of General Frederick Frelinghuysen, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University) in 1804, and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1808. In 1817 he was appointed as Attorney General of New Jersey, serving in that office from 1817 to 1829. He was then elected as an Anti-Jacksonian Senator from New Jersey to the United States Senate, serving from 1829 to 1835. He set up a law practice in Newark, New Jersey, and served as the city's Mayor from 1837 to 1838. In 1844 he was selected by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay to his Vice Presidential running mate in Clay's bid for the Presidency of the United States; a run that saw them defeated by the James Knox Polk-George M. Dallas ticket. His later years saw him serve as President of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey from 1850 until his death in 1862. A strong defender of Native American Rights, as a Senator he made a six hour speech over the course of three days passionately opposing President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830. His nephew, Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, later served as a Senator from New Jersey and as United States Secretary of State in President Chester A. Arthur's Administration.

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7474887
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore Frelinghuysen (28 Mar 1787–12 Apr 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7474887, citing First Reformed Church Cemetery, New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .