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A History of New Jersey Governors

New Jersey Governors from 1899 to 1970.

Foster M. Voorhees Foster M. Voorhees
1899-1902
Served in the NJ Senate from 1895-1898. As President of the Senate, he became acting governor in 1898 when John W. Griggs resigned and again as an elected governor in 1899. He was a NJ delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Voorhees Township and State Park are named in his honor.
   
Franklin Murphy Franklin Murphy
1902-1905
At age 16, Murphy enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and quickly rose in rank to first lieutenant. In addition to Governor, his political career included Chairman of the National Republican Committee and service in the New Jersey General Assembly. He also founded the Murphy Varnish Company in Newark, NJ.
   
Edward C. Stokes Edward C. Stokes
1905-1908
Champion of environmental conservation legislation. Stokes State Forest is named in his honor.
   
John Franklin Fort John Franklin Fort
1908-1911
Reformer made significant progress in labor issues and railroad taxation. Enforcer of anti-liquor and gambling laws.
   
Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson
1911-1913
Left Governor’s Office early to become 28th President of the United States. Led the country during World War 1. Founded League of Nations.
   
James F. Fielder James F. Fielder
1914-1917
Served in the NJ General Assembly and NJ Senate before assuming the position of Acting Governor when Woodrow Wilson became the President of the United States in 1913. Fielder was elected to a full term as Governor in 1914.
   
Walter Evans Edge Walter Evans Edge
1917-1920 and 1944-1947
Governed during both World Wars. Promoted legislation to create post-war jobs and provide benefits to soldiers. Supporter of state constitution reform.
   
Edward I. Edwards Edward I. Edwards
1920-1923
As President and chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Jersey City, Edwards was elected to the State Senate in 1918. After his term as Governor, Edwards served as a U.S. Senator from 1923 – 1929.
   
George S. Silzer George S. Silzer
1923-1926
Prior to his term as Governor, Silzer served in the New Jersey Senate from 1907-1912. After his term as Governor, Silzer was appointed Chairman of the New York Port Authority.
   
A. Harry Moore A. Harry Moore
1926-1929, 1932-1935, 1938-1941
NJ’s only 3-term governor promoted programs to help handicapped children. Guided the state through the Great Depression.
   
Morgan F. Larson Morgan F. Larson
1929-1932
The engineer-turned-politician played a key role in the construction of the Lincoln Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge.
   
Harold G. Hoffman Harold G. Hoffman
1935-1938
Hoffman fought in both World Wars. He held several public offices such as; City Treasurer of South Amboy, NJ General Assembly, Mayor of South Amboy, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, State Motor Vehicle Commissioner until he became Governor in 1935.
   
Charles Edison Charles Edison
1941-1944
Son of Thomas Edison. Secretary of the Navy under FDR. Took on political boss Frank Hague. Promoted state constitution revision.
   
Alfred E. Driscoll Alfred E. Driscoll
1947-1954
Reorganized government and was committed to civil rights. The New Jersey Turnpike and the Walt Whitman Bridge were opened under his administration.
   
Robert B. Meyner Robert B. Meyner
1954-1962
Promoted rigid law enforcement and the exposure of crime and corruption. Increased state aid to education and was committed to open government.
   
Richard J. Hughes Richard J. Hughes
1962-1970
Oversaw enactment of air and water pollution control laws and installed a public defender system in NJ. Eventually served as chief justice of the state supreme court.