John Lambert was born in Lambertville, New Jersey on February 24, 1746. His early education was attained in the common schools of his native state. He later became a voracious reader, and was known for owning one of the best libraries in Hunterdon County. Lambert first entered politics as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, a position he held from 1780 to 1785 and again in 1788. He also was a member of the New Jersey Council from 1790 to 1804, and served as vice president of the council from 1801 to 1804. After a deadlock vote in the 1802 gubernatorial election, Lambert was named the acting governor. During his tenure, he worked on increasing the Republicans strength in the legislature. After leaving the governorship, Lambert served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he held from 1805 to 1809. He also was a member of the U.S. Senate from 1809 to 1815. Governor John Lambert passed away on February 4, 1823, and was buried in the Barber’s Burying Ground in Hunterdon County, 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.