John RUNK, Congress, NJ (1791-1872)


RUNK, John, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Milltown (now Idell), Hunterdon County, N.J., July 3, 1791; attended the district schools; took charge of the mills and general store on his father’s property in Milltown, N.J.; member of the board of chosen freeholders from Kingwood 1825-1833; unsuccessful candidate for sheriff in 1830; high sheriff of Hunterdon County 1836-1838; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 1850; moved to Lambertville, Hunterdon County, N.J., in 1854; and engaged in the milling business and mercantile pursuits; died in Lambertville, September 22, 1872; interment in Rosemont Cemetery, Rosemont, Hunterdon County, N.J.

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