"I am keenly appreciative of the honor and the dignity of the office to which I aspire, yet I feel justice and fairness to all demand that you be publically informed of my candidacy. I, therefore, submit my candidacy to you, the Democratic voters of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, for your consideration, with the hope of your endorsement by your votes, Tuesday, September 14."
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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Worthington Perry Wachter (1881-1941)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Manasses Jacob Grove (1824-1907)
"The supply of fine grade limestone appears to be inexhaustible. At Lime Kiln large quarries are being worked and they own several lime kilns there, one being iron clad for the manufacture of lime with wood. They are also operating at Frederick two plants of eighteen lime kilns, three of which are iron clad for the manufacture of lime with wood. During the busy season about one hundered men are employed in the quarries and kilns."
"His life has been closely identified with the progress of Frederick county, and in such matters as the improvement of public roads, the advancement of legislative measures calculated to favorably effect the interest of the greatest number, he has always been foremost and helpful on the side of the right. If reelected he would be a credit to his party and the people generally, and an honor to the official body of which he would again become a member."
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Honor Daniel Hartzler (1912-1947)
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Walsingham Griffin Ward (1819-1899)
"The same fearlessness and aggressiveness which characterized his conduct in the trial of cases remained with him to the end. Having a thorough knowledge of law and evidence, a remarkable knowledge of men and a careful attention to details, together with a persistant and courageous perseverence, his earnest efforts in behalf of his clients were pretty generally successful."
Prior to his election as judge Ward operated a partnership with Frederick William Gunster (1845-1900), a former student in his law office who went on to serve as Lackawanna County district attorney and as a state assemblyman. In October 1870 Walsingham Ward was elected as judge of the Mayor's Court of Scranton. Lewis Jones, one of the first occupants of that post, had been appointed by the Governor and served until an election could be held, and in October 1870 Walsingham Ward emerged the victor. The first man to win election to that post, he served until 1875, "when the provisions of the constitution abolished the office." His time on the bench was later lauded by the Scranton Times-Tribune, which noted:
"His decisions were affirmed in the higher courts with unfailing regularity, and his record as a judicial officer could not be excelled."
At the conclusion of his term, Ward returned to his law practice and partnered with future judge Henry M. Edwards (1844-1925). Their firm lasted until 1877, whereafter Ward partnered with another former law student, George S. Horn. Remarked as a "devout student of the Bible", Ward was a deacon in the local Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school. Widowed in 1887, Ward's partnership with Horn extended until his death, which occurred at his Scranton home on December 9, 1899. Due to poor health, he had been confined to his home for two months prior and was survived by his son Douglass. Following funeral arrangements, he was interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Delsworth Mote Buckingham (1866-1951)
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Balfour Bowen Thorn Lord (1906-1965)
"No man contributed more to making politics and public life an honored calling in New Jersey. Thorn Lord brought men of integrity and intellectual ability into public life and imbued them with his dedication to making the Democratic process function effectively and responsibly."
"During World War II Lord and his aides received special commendation for setting up the machinery for enforcement of the Selective Service Act in New Jersey. His office was also recognized nationally for appointing distinguished New Jersey citizens to serve as members of the Alien Enemy Boards on a non-partisan basis."
"Operating on a theory that most non-voters are Democrats, he organized an efficient operation to get them registered. His policies pumped life into the Mercer Democratic organization, which soon swept every County-wide office, ending a long G.O.P. reign."
"Nobody in the Democratic party has a better right to the U.S. Senate nomination than Lord. It is generally conceded that he could have been the candidate two years ago instead of Harrison A. Williams. He was one of the leading contenders. He discouraged the electors at that time, by expressing doubt that he was interested."
Though given the nod by the state Democratic establishment, Lord himself didn't announce his candidacy until March 1960, and also noted that he'd be resigning from the New York Port Authority to focus on his campaign. That same month another New Jersey attorney, Richard Glasser, filed for the Democratic nomination, and in the April primary was soundly defeated by Lord, 177,429 votes to 40,134.
- Congressional action on medical care for the aged.
- An accelerated mutual security program.
- A minimum wage of $1.25 an hour.
- Housing and education legislation.
- "Meaningful" civil rights legislation.
- "A solution to national farm problems. We have been blessed by nature with abundance, and more ways should be found to share it with underprivileged peoples elsewhere."
- A strong support of aid to undeveloped nations, "not only on the grounds of humanitarianism, but to counter the threat of Communist domination."
"I shall rely on Thorn Lord's integrity, his broad experience in public life and his knowledge as a practicing politician to help solve some of the great problems facing the country today."
"He lost by a big margin, and his eyes were filled with pain election night. There was speculation in the state house last night that perhaps he had never gotten over that defeat. It was hard to tell, though, as Lord was the sort of man who kept his own counsel."
"Discovered about 4:30 pm yesterday slumped in an easy chair in the cellar recreation room of Mercer County Court Judge Clifton T. Bennett, his close friend of 25 years."
"The state has lost one of its finest citizens...His sole concern as a highly respected political and civic leader was good government and the well being of the people of this state."
Monday, April 19, 2021
Uzal Haggerty McCarter (1861-1931)
"I will cast my ballot for Al Smith for President. While I was in some doubt as to whether I would actually vote for Governor Smith after all my years of Republicanism, this doubt was dispelled when I met him at dinner last night. His personality, with its combination of culture and democracy, together with the impression he gives forth of the utmost of integrity and ability, convinced my of his desirability for the presidency. The views which I formed, after listening to Governor Smith's speech of acceptence, were more than confirmed in personal contact."
"As the best business getter for his bank; he searched the daily newspapers for leads to new business and no one person in his great banking institution worked harder to bring into the bank new accounts. Attention to small details and a determinatioon and energy to make good, account for the success of Mr. McCarter in whose death New Jersey loses her greatest banker."
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Tunis Van Doren Hoagland (1813-1872), Teunis Garret Bergen (1806-1881)
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Rulif VanCleve Lawrence (1871-1938)
"In the death of Circuit Court Judge Rulif V. Lawrence, New Jersey has lost one of its most respected and outstanding citizens, and highly competent jurists. He was known throughout the length and breadth of the state, as an able, experienced, dignified and broadminded judge. He upheld the American ideals of equal rights and penalties for all, regardless of social or financial status, and never let politics play any part in his official acts as judge...The secret of Judge Lawrence's judicial contribution to the Judiciary of New Jersey and to its general welfare lies in the wisdom of Victor Hugo--"Law is a thing human; Justice is a thing devine." From a self made man he arose by serious application to the attainment of his objective--a skillfull and just judge."
Lawrence was survived by his wife Adeline and their three children and was interred at the Maplewood Cemetery in Freehold. Sadly, Adeline Yard Lawrence survived her husband by only four years, committing suicide by asphyxiation in the kitchen of her home in July 1942. Distinguished in her own right, Adeline Lawrence attained prominence in political service in Monmouth County, being a Democratic candidate for the state senate in 1924 and was a member of the Democratic State Committee. She was also a member of the New Jersey Board of Institutions and Agencies and was interred at the same cemetery as her husband.