Theodore Fitz Randolph


Theodore Fitz Randolph

Theodore Fitz Randolph (June 24, 1826-November 7, 1883) was an American Democratic Party politician, who served as the 22nd Governor of New Jersey from 1869-1872, and represented the state in the United States Senate for a single term, from 1875-1881. He was the son of US Representative James F. Randolph.

Born in Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, Randolph attended the common schools of New Brunswick, New Jersey. He engaged in the coal and iron business, moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi and engaged in business in 1840. He returned to New Jersey and settled in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1852, became interested in mining and the transportation of ores and was president of the Morris and Essex Railroad. Randolph was elected as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1859 and served in the New Jersey Senate from 1862-1863. He was elected Governor of New Jersey, serving in office from 1869-1872.

Randolph was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1881. In the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs in the Forty-sixth United States Congress.

Randolph invented a stitching machine and a steam typewriter.

Randolph died in Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, and is interred in Evergreen Cemetery, Morristown.

External links

* [http://www.njstatelib.org/NJ_Information/Digital_Collections/Governors_of_New_Jersey/GRAND.pdf Biography of Theodore Fitz Randolph (PDF)] , New Jersey State Library
* [http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=dbbe5c9ef2389010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD&vgnextchannel=e449a0ca9e3f1010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD New Jersey Governor Theodore Fitz Randolph] , National Governors Association
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4865 Find A Grave for Theodore Fitz Randolph]
* [http://members.bellatlantic.net/%7Evze2rdt7/DGovs/deadgovernorsnj.html#randolph Dead Governors of New Jersey bio for Theodore Fitz Randolph]


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