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Governor Alfred Eastlack Driscoll

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Office Dates:  Jan 21, 1947 - Jan 19, 1954

Born:  Oct 25, 1902

Passed:  Mar 09, 1975

Birth State:  Pennsylvania

Family:  Married Antoinette Ware Tatum; three children

School(s):  Williams College, Harvard University

Alfred E. Driscoll, the sixtieth governor of New Jersey, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 25, 1902. His education was attained at Williams College, where he graduated in 1925, and at Harvard University, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1928. After establishing his legal career, Driscoll entered into politics. From 1938 to 1941 he served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate; and in 1941 he was named the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner. Driscoll next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 5, 1946. He was reelected to a second term in 1949. During his tenure, the state constitution was revised, which changed the governor's term to a four-year term. Also, state agencies were restructured; and an equal pay for equal work bill was sanctioned. After leaving office, Driscoll served as vice chairman of the President's Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, a position he held from 1954 to 1955. He also was president of the National Municipal League from 1963 to 1967, as well as chairing the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Tax Policy Commission from 1969 to 1975. Governor Alfred E. Driscoll passed away on March 9, 1975, and was buried in the Haddonfield Baptist Churchyard in Haddonfield, New Jersey.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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