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Encyclopedia > George F. Fort

George Franklin Fort (1809 - April 23, 1872) was a physician, politician, judge, and a Democratic Governor of New Jersey from 1851-1854. His nephew, John Franklin Fort was a Republican Governor of New Jersey from 1908-1911. 1809 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Physician examining a child A physician is a person who practices medicine. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics to the extent of holding or running for public office. ... A judge or justice is an official who presides over a court. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other one being the Republican Party. ... The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... John Franklin Fort (Born March 20, 1852 - Died November 17, 1920) Republican Governor of New Jersey, 1908-11. ... The Republican Party was established in 1854 by a coalition of former Whigs, Northern Democrats, and Free-Soilers who opposed the expansion of slavery and held a Hamiltonian vision for modernizing the United States. ... The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New Jersey. ...


Early Years

George Fort was born near Pemberton, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1828, began to practice medicine, and in 1830, in Imlaystown, married Anna Marie Wright, daughter of Samuel G. Wright, an iron manufacturer who would later be elected as a Whig candidate to the Twenty-ninth United States Congress. See also: Pemberton Township, New Jersey Pemberton Borough highlighted in Burlington County. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... The University of Pennsylvania (Penn is the moniker used by the university itself; UPenn is also correct, though less common) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Whig Party banner from 1848 with candidates Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. ... Twenty-ninth United States Congress Links and spelling have to be verified. ...


Public Career

Fort's public career began when he was elected to the 1844 New Jersey Constitutional Convention as a Democrat from Monmouth County. At the convention, Fort supported universal sufferage, open eligibility for office, and popular election of all state and county officials. Later that year, he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, and, upon finishing a term, was elected to the New Jersey Senate. In 1850, he captured his party's nomination for Governor, and defeated the Whig candidate, John Runk (who had previously been a Congressman in the Twenty-ninth United States Congress). At that time, the Whigs were somewhat splintered, as some were adamantly opposed to the Fugitive Slave Law, while others were more aligned to the Democratic position that supporting the law was necessary in order to support the Union. Whigs also attacked Fort, with some justifcation, as being aligned too closely with the powerful railroad interests in the state. Nevertheless, the Whigs were not united, and Fort won the election fairly soundly. Location in the state of New Jersey Formed 1675 Seat Freehold Borough Area  - Total  - Water 1,723 km² (665 mi²) 500 km² (193 mi²) 29. ... The New Jersey General Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature. ... The New Jersey Senate is the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature. ... Twenty-ninth United States Congress Links and spelling have to be verified. ... The Fugitive Slave Law of the United States may refer to one of two laws of the same name: Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


During his gubenatorial term, major reform legislation passed, including the ten hour work day, and child protection. At the end of his term, his Democratic successor, Rodman M. Price, appointed his as a judge. After that term, he resumed the practice of medicine.


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Preceded by:
Daniel Haines
Governor of New Jersey
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Succeeded by:
Rodman M. Price


Daniel Haines (January 6, 1801 - January 26, 1877) was an American jurist and Governor of New Jersey. ... This is a list of governors of New Jersey. ... 1851 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

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Livingston | Paterson | Howell | Bloomfield | Ogden | W.S. Pennington | M. Dickerson | Williamson | Vroom | Southard | Seeley | P. Dickerson | W. Pennington | Haines | Stratton | Fort | Price | Newell | Olden | Parker | Ward | Randolph | Bedle | McClellan | Ludlow | Abbett | Green | Werts | Griggs | Voorhees | Murphy | Stokes | Fort | Wilson | Fielder | Edge | Edwards | Silzer | Moore | Larson | Hoffman | Edison | Driscoll | Meyner | Hughes | Cahill | Byrne | Kean | Florio | Whitman | DiFrancesco | McGreevey | Codey | Corzine

 
 

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