Charles Samuel Joelson

Charles Samuel Joelson ( born January 27, 1916 in Paterson, New Jersey; † August 17, 1999 in Freehold, New Jersey) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1961 and 1969 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Joelson attended the public schools of his home and then the Montclair Academy. Until 1937 he studied at Cornell University. After a subsequent law studies at this University and his 1940 was admitted as a lawyer in Paterson, he began to work in his new profession. Since 1942, he served during the Second World War in the United States Navy. Between 1949 and 1952 he was advisor to the City Paterson. In the years 1954 to 1956 he served as deputy head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the State of which he headed from 1958-1960. From 1956 to 1958 he was a prosecutor in Passaic County.

Politically, Joelson member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1960 he was in the eighth constituency of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Gordon Canfield on January 3, 1961. After four elections he could remain until his resignation on September 4, 1969 in Congress. These were shaped by the events of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Joelsons resignation came after he had been appointed by Governor Richard J. Hughes, Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. This post he held for 15 years until 1984. He died on 17 August 1999 in Freehold.