Edward C. Stokes

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Edward Casper Stokes
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32nd Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 17, 1905 – January 21, 1908
Preceded by Franklin Murphy
Succeeded by John Franklin Fort
Personal details
Born December 22, 1860
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died November 4, 1942 (aged 81)
Political party Republican
Religion Protestant

Edward Casper Stokes (December 22, 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 4, 1942) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 32nd Governor of New Jersey, from 1905 to 1908.

Biography

Stokes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860. He attended the Friends School in Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1883.

Stokes was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1891, and was a member of the New Jersey Senate from Cumberland County between 1893 and 1901. He was the Governor between 1905 and 1908.

Stokes made his first attempt at the United States Senate in 1902 after the death of William Joyce Sewell, but fell short in voting by the Republican caucus, losing out to John F. Dryden.

Stokes won a narrow victory in the 1910 Republican primary for United States Senate, but two years before the direct election of Senators, Democrats controlled the legislature and Stokes was defeated. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 1913, but lost to James F. Fielder. From 1919 to 1927, he was the Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Stokes ran for the U.S. Senate in 1928, but finished third in the GOP primary behind Hamilton F. Kean and Joseph Frelinghuysen. He chaired the state's GOP general election campaign that year.

Stokes was the President of Mechanics National Bank in Trenton and was President of the New Jersey Bankers Association. He lost much of his own money in the stock market crash, and in 1939 the New Jersey Legislature voted to give him a $2,500-a-year pension. Stokes turned the money down and instead took a state job advising New Jersey's public information office.

Stokes died November 4, 1942, aged 81. He is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Millville, New Jersey.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maurice A. Rogers
President of the New Jersey Senate
1895
Succeeded by
Lewis A. Thompson
Preceded by
Franklin Murphy
Governor of New Jersey
January 17, 1905 – January 21, 1908
Succeeded by
John Franklin Fort
Party political offices
Preceded by
Franklin Murphy
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1904
Succeeded by
John Franklin Fort
Preceded by
Vivian M. Lewis
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1913
Succeeded by
Walter Evans Edge
Preceded by
Newton A.K. Bugbee
Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee
1919–1927
Succeeded by
E. Bertram Mott







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