Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen

Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen (* August 4, 1817 in Millstone, New Jersey, † May 20, 1885 in Newark, New Jersey ) was an American politician ( Republican). He served as Secretary of State under President Chester A. Arthur and was a member of the U.S. Senate for his home state.

Frederick T. Frelinghuysen was born the son of Frederick Frelinghuysen and Mary Dumont. His father died when the boy was three years old. He was then adopted by his uncle Theodore Frelinghuysen. His grandfather Frederick Frelinghuysen was a lawyer, founder of the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, a soldier in the American army, and twice a member of the Continental Congress for New Jersey.

Frelinghuysen received his degree from Rutgers University and studied with his uncle Law in Newark, in whose firm he joined in 1839 after it had been approved by the Bar Association. He was then attorney for the railroad Central Railroad of New Jersey and other companies.

Frelinghuysen was 1861-1867 Attorney General ( Minister of Justice ) in the state of New Jersey. He then moved as a successor to the late William Wright for the first time in the Senate of the United States, where he served until March 3, 1869; the re-election attempt, he failed in the Democrat John P. Stockton. In 1870 he was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where he was to succeed John Lothrop Motley, but he refused to accept the appointment. Between 1871 and 1877 he was again a member of the U.S. Senate, where he distinguished himself in speeches and in the work of the committees. Frelinghuysen was a staunch opponent of the reconstruction measures of President Andrew Johnson. In whose impeachment he agreed with most counts of " guilty."

On December 12, 1881 President Arthur appointed him as Foreign Minister in his cabinet, where he succeeded James G. Blaine. With the inauguration of President Grover Cleveland in 1885 Frelinghuysens ended tenure.

After his health had suffered through constant work, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen died only three months after his resignation on May 20, 1885 in his home in Newark. He is buried in the cemetery Mount Pleasant in Newark.