Alexander G. Cattell

Alexander Gilmore Cattell ( born February 12, 1816 in Salem, Salem County, New Jersey, † April 8, 1894 in Jamestown, New York ) was an American politician ( Republican), who represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

After completing his academic training Alexander Cattell worked as a businessman in his hometown of Salem until 1846. In 1840 he took over as deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly his first political mandate; 1842 to 1844 he was employed as a civil servant ( Clerk ) in Parliament. In 1844 he took part in the Constitutional Convention of New Jersey.

In 1846, Cattell left New Jersey and settled in Pennsylvania. He was a businessman and banker in Philadelphia; He also went there as a member of the city council 1848-1854 again after a political activity. He helped build the Corn Exchange Bank and served from 1858 to 1871 as its president.

Cattell 1863 returned back to New Jersey, where he lived in Merchantville. Three years later, on September 19, 1866, he moved to his successful election as the successor of John P. Stockton Democrats in the U.S. Senate. Previously, the state Legislature of New Jersey had let declare vacant the seat due to party political disputes. Cattell's term ended on March 3, 1871; for re-election, he joined not to. In the Senate, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Library.

U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Cattell then as a member of the first Commission for Public Service, where he spent two years. He stepped back, after he had been to the financial agent of the United States ( Financial Agent ) appointed with headquarters in London. This office he held from 1873-1874. Cattell was also from 1884 to 1891 member of the New Jersey Board of Tax Assessors, where he presided over this merger of Steuereinschätzer of the state from 1889 as president. In 1891 he was appointed for a three year term on the state Board of Education.