John Taylor BIRD, Congress, NJ (1829-1911)


BIRD, John Taylor, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, N.J., August 16, 1829; attended the public schools, and a classical academy at Hackettstown, N.J.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Bloomsbury, N.J.; moved to Clinton in 1858; prosecutor of the pleas for Hunterdon County 1862-1867; moved to Flemington in 1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of law in Flemington, N.J.; member of the New Jersey constitutional convention in 1876; moved to Trenton, N.J., in 1882; vice chancellor of New Jersey 1882-1896; master in chancery 1900-1909; died in Trenton, N.J., May 6, 1911; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

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