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Elias Pettit Seeley
New Jersey

Gov. Elias Pettit Seeley

  • February 27, 1833 - October 23, 1833
  • Whig
  • November 10, 1791
  • August 23, 1846
  • New Jersey
  • Married Jane E. Champneys; two children


Elias P. Seeley was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey on November 10, 1791. His education was attained in the common schools of his native state. After studying law, he established his legal career in Cumberland County. Seeley first entered politics as a member of the New Jersey State Senate, a position he held from 1829 to 1832, and from which he also served as vice president from 1832 to 1833. He next won election to the governorship on February 27, 1833. In his dual role as chief executive and chancellor of the state, Seeley presided over the famous “Quaker Case” in the Court of Appeals. After leaving the governor’s office, Seeley served several terms in the New Jersey legislature. Governor Elias P. Seeley passed away on August 23, 1846, and was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Bridgeton, 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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