Charles C. Stratton
Early years and political rise
Stratton attended after elementary school and 1814 the Rutgers College. He then worked in the agricultural sector. In the years 1821, 1823 and 1829, he was selected in each case in the New Jersey General Assembly. In the 1830s he became a member of the Whig party. As their candidate, he was elected in 1836 as a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he completed a term of up to 3 March 1839. His re-election in 1838 narrowly failed. The elections in New Jersey were controversial, and after it had been found electoral fraud in favor of the Whigs, all five MPs mandates have been issued in that State to the Democratic Party.
But two years later, he made the re- entry into the Congress, in which he even completed a full term until March 3, 1843. Another nomination in 1842 he had refused. In 1844, Stratton was a member of a meeting to revise the State Constitution of New Jersey.
Governor of New Jersey
In the first open election for governor under the new Constitution of 1844, Stratton was elected by the people as the new governor. Under the old constitution, the governors had been determined by the legislature. Charles Stratton began his three-year term on 21 January 1845 as the successor of Daniel Haines. During his tenure, the Mexican -American War, which also includes New Jersey had to make its contribution falls. Governor Stratton oversaw the implementation of the new Constitution in his state. Otherwise, the term of office was uneventful.
After the end of his tenure, Stratton retired from politics and devoted himself to agriculture. Between 1857 and 1858 he stayed for health reasons in Europe. Charles Stratton died in March 1859., With his wife Sarah Taggert he had no children. His nephew Benjamin Franklin Howey (1828-1895) was 1883-1885 also a deputy in the Congress.