Theodore Fitz Randolph (1826 - 1883)

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Birthplace: Mansfield, Tioga, PA, USA
Death: Died in Morristown, Morris, NJ, USA
Cause of death: heart disease
Occupation: Governor of New Jersey, US Senator
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About 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 to 1872, and represented the state in the United States Senate for a single term, from 1875 to 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 to 1863. He was elected Governor of New Jersey, serving in office from 1869 to 1872.

Randolph was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875 to March 4, 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.

He was also one of the executors of the estate of American entrepreneur, industrialist and banking magnate Abel Minard.

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

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Theodore Fitz Randolph, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

June 24, 1826
Mansfield, Tioga, PA, USA
September 10, 1852
Age 26
New Jersey
Age 25
Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi, USA
Age 26
Age 27
Age 28
September 2, 1857
Age 31
New Jersey
January 19, 1859
Age 32
New Jersey, USA
April 19, 1860
Age 33
Uniontowm, , New Jersey, USA
April 29, 1861
Age 34
Asbury, NJ