Garret Augustus HOBART, Congress, (1844-1899)


HOBART, Garret Augustus, a Vice President of the United States; born near Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., June 3, 1844; attended the common schools and graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1863; taught school; clerk for the grand jury of Passaic County, N.J., in 1865; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice at Paterson, N.J.; city counsel of Paterson in 1871 and 1872; elected counsel for the board of freeholders in 1872; member, State house of assembly 1872-1876, and served as speaker in 1874; member, State senate 1876-1882, and served as president 1881-1882; banker; member of the Republican National Committee 1884-1896, when he was nominated as the Republican candidate for vice president on the ticket with William McKinley; elected Vice President of the United States in 1896 and served from March 4, 1897, until his death in Paterson, N.J., on November 21, 1899; interment in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Hobart, Jennie Tuttle. Memories. Patterson, N.J.: n.p., 1930; Magie, David. The Life of Garret Augustus Hobart. New York: Putnam’s, 1910.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present