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Aaron Ogden

December 3, 1756
April 19, 1839
Home Town:
Elizabeth, NJ
Later Residences:
Elizabeth, NJ
Elizabeth Chetwood Ogden (October 27, 1787)
Biographical Notes:
Aaron Ogden was born and raised in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), New Jersey. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1773. During the American Revolution, he served as an officer in the military, rising to brigade major. He also studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1784.

He later practiced law in his hometown even as he turned to politics. He served as presidential elector in 1796, as clerk of Essex County from 1785 to 1803, and was elected on the Federalist ticket to the United States Senate in 1801 after the serving New Jersey representative resigned. He ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1802 and left the Senate in 1803.

In 1812, Ogden was elected as the eighth Governor of New Jersey and the next year turned down an offer ...

Profession / Service
Political Office; Lawyer; Business
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Senator (New Jersey) 1801 - 1803
State Posts:
Governor (New Jersey) 1812 - 1813

Secondary Sources:
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. "OGDEN, Aaron (1756 - 1839)."

National Governors Association. "New Jersey Governor Aaron Ogden."

McBride, Alex. "Landmark Cases: Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)." PBS: Supreme Court History.

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