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Aaron Ogden

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Elizabeth, Union, NJ, USA
Death: April 19, 1839 (82)
Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Ogden, Jr. and Phoebe Ogden
Husband of Elizabeth Ogden
Father of Phebe A. Ogden and Elias Bailey Dayton Ogden
Brother of Phebe Mosely; Rhoda Edwards (Ogden); Anna Spencer; Robert Ogden, III; Brig. General Matthias Ogden and 3 others

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About Aaron Ogden, Governor, U.S. Senator

  • A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY with the rank of Major. DAR Ancestor #: A085700
  • Service: NEW JERSEY Rank: MAJOR
  • Death: 4-19-1839 JERSEY CITY
  • Service Description: 1) CAPT BRIG-MAJ,INSPECTOR & AIDE-DE-CAMP

Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Ogden

Aaron Ogden (December 3, 1756 – April 19, 1839) was a United States Senator and the fifth Governor of New Jersey.

Early life

Ogden was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (formerly Elizabethtown). He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1773, and served as a grammar school tutor from 1773 to 1775.

In the American Revolutionary War, Ogden was appointed a lieutenant in the 1st New Jersey Regiment; his older brother Matthias Ogden was the lieutenant colonel. Aaron Ogden served in various roles through the war, seeing action and rising to the rank of brigade major. In 1778, he visited the house also occupied by the family of diarist Sally Wister, who described him as "a genteel young fellow, with an aquiline nose." He was wounded at the siege of Yorktown in 1781.

Political career

After the war, Ogden studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1784. He commenced practice in Elizabeth. He served as a presidential elector in the 1796 electoral college that elected John Adams. He was clerk of Essex County from 1785–1803, and was elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Schureman and served from February 28, 1801, to March 4, 1803. He lost his bid for reelection to the Senate in 1802. In 1803, Ogden was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where he served until 1812. Ogden was elected trustee of the College of New Jersey (later to become Princeton University) in 1803, a post in which he served until his death. Ogden was elected as Governor of New Jersey in 1812.

Ogden was nominated by President James Madison as major general of the Army in 1813, but declined the appointment. He became engaged in steamboat navigation in 1813, and was a defendant in the Gibbons v. Ogden case that denied New York State's attempted monopoly on steamboat operation between New York and New Jersey. Ogden moved to Jersey City in 1829 and resumed the practice of law. In 1830, he was appointed as collector of customs and served until his death in Jersey City. Ogden's body is interred at the First Presbyterian Church Burial Ground in Elizabeth.


Ogden's son, Elias B. D. Ogden served as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1842 until his death in 1865. His grandson, Frederick B. Ogden served as Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey from 1865 to 1867. Ogden's nephew Daniel Haines later also served on two separate occasions as Governor of New Jersey.


New Jersey Governor info page: http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=a2eb4fc0d5049010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD


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Aaron Ogden, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

December 3, 1756
Elizabeth, Union, NJ, USA
Age 33
Age 43
April 19, 1839
Age 82
Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA