Richard Stockton FIELD, Congress, NJ (1803-1870)

Senate Years of Service:

FIELD, Richard Stockton, (grandson of Richard Stockton [1730-1781] and nephew of Richard Stockton [1764-1828]), a Senator from New Jersey; born at White Hall, Burlington County, N.J., December 31, 1803; moved to Princeton with his mother in 1810; pursued an academic course and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1821; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Salem, N.J.; moved to Princeton, N.J., in 1832; member, State house of assembly 1837; attorney general of the State 1838-1841; member of the State constitutional convention 1844; professor at the Princeton Law School 1847; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John R. Thomson and served from November 21, 1862, to January 14, 1863, when a successor was elected; was not a candidate for election in 1863; appointed by President Abraham Lincoln judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 1863-1870; died in Princeton, N.J., May 25, 1870; interment in Princeton Cemetery.


Dictionary of American Biography; Field, Richard S. Provincial Courts of New Jersey, with Sketches of the Bench and Bar. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1849; Hart, Charles Henry. A Necrological Notice of the Hon. Richard Stockton Field. Philadelphia: Numismatic & Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia, 1870.

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