George C. Ludlow was born in Milford, New Jersey on April 6, 1830. His education was attained at Rutgers College, where he graduated in 1850. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in New Brunswick. Ludlow first entered politics as a member of the New Jersey State Senate, a position he held from 1877 to 1879. He next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 2, 1880. During his tenure, a state board of charities and corrections was organized; new construction on public libraries was promoted; petroleum sales were regulated; children’s labor laws were improved; and women for the first time were authorized to serve as school trustees. After completing his gubernatorial term, Ludlow retired from political life. Governor George C. Ludlow passed away on December 18, 1900, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in New Brunswick, 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.