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Theodore Fitz Randolph

Theodore Fitz Randolph
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 4, 1881
Preceded by John P. Stockton
Succeeded by William J. Sewell
22nd Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 19, 1869 – January 16, 1872
Preceded by Marcus L. Ward
Succeeded by Joel Parker
Personal details
Born (1826-06-24)June 24, 1826
Mansfield, Pennsylvania
Died November 7, 1883(1883-11-07) (aged 57)
Morristown, New Jersey
Political party

Theodore Fitz Randolph (June 24, 1826 – November 7, 1883) was an American Democratic Party politician, who served as the 22nd Governor of New Jersey from 1869 to 1872, and represented the state in the United States Senate for a single term, from 1875 to 1881. He was the son of US Representative James F. Randolph.


Born in Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, Randolph attended the common schools of New Brunswick, New Jersey. He engaged in the coal and iron business, moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi and engaged in business in 1840. He returned to New Jersey and settled in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1852, became interested in mining and the transportation of ores and was president of the Morris and Essex Railroad. Randolph was elected as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1859 and served in the New Jersey Senate from 1862 to 1863. He was elected Governor of New Jersey, serving in office from 1869 to 1872.

Randolph was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875 to March 4, 1881. In the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs in the Forty-sixth United States Congress.

Randolph invented a stitching machine and a steam typewriter.

He was also one of the executors of the estate of American entrepreneur, industrialist and banking magnate Abel Minard.[1]

Randolph died in Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, and is interred in Evergreen Cemetery, Morristown.[2]


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|- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |style="width:30%;" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Marcus Lawrence Ward | style="width: 40%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Governor of New Jersey
January 19, 1869 – January 16, 1872 | style="width: 30%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Joel Parker |- |- ! colspan="3" style="border-top: 5px solid #cccccc" | United States Senate |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |style="width:30%;" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
John P. Stockton | style="width: 40%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
March 4, 1875 – March 4, 1881
Served alongside: Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, John R. McPherson | style="width: 30%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
William Joyce Sewell |- |- ! colspan="3" style="border-top: 5px solid #FFBF00;" | Party political offices

|- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |style="width:30%;" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Theodore Runyon | style="width: 40%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Democratic Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1868 | style="width: 30%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Joel Parker |- |}

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