George Sykes (New Jersey politician)

George Sykes (* September 20, 1802 in Sykesville, Burlington County, New Jersey, † February 25, 1880 in Columbia, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1847 he represented twice the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Sykes attended private schools and then worked in land surveying and as a realtor. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1842 Sykes was in the second electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Bancker Aycrigg on March 4, 1843. Until March 3, 1845, he was initially able to complete a term in Congress. Then was elected his successor Samuel G. Wright of the Whig party. After his death on 30 July 1845 Sykes prevailed at the due election, after which he finished the partly legislative period between November 4, 1845 to March 3, 1847. This period was marked by the events of the Mexican-American War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives George Sykes took his previous activities on again. He was a member of the Council of Properties. Between 1877 and 1879, Sykes was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. He died on February 25, 1880 near Columbia.