Ferdinand Schureman Schenck

Ferdinand Schureman Schenck ( born February 11, 1790 in Millstone, New Jersey, † May 16, 1860 in Camden, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1837 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Ferdinand Schenck attended the common schools and then studied until 1814 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City Medicine. After qualifying as a doctor he began to work in Franklin Park in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1829 to 1831 he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.

In the congressional elections of 1832, Schenck was for the fifth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of him previously defeated Isaac Southard on March 4, 1833. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1837 two legislative sessions. Since the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

In 1836, Ferdinand Schenck renounced a new Congress candidacy. Since 1841 he was curator of Rutgers College in New Brunswick. In 1844 he was part of a meeting to revise the Constitution of New Jersey. From 1845 to 1857 he was judge of the State Court of Errors and Appeals. After the founding of the Republican party in 1854 he became its member. In 1856, he competed unsuccessfully for a seat in the New Jersey Senate. Otherwise, he practiced as a doctor again. Ferdinand Schenck died on 16 May 1860 in Camden.