George T. Cobb

George Thomas Cobb ( born October 13, 1813 in Morristown, New Jersey; † August 12, 1870 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1861 and 1863 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


At the age of six years George Cobb was after the death of his parents to the orphan. He received only a limited education and worked as a store clerk in Denville. He then worked in various iron works. Later he moved to New York City, where he was also a store clerk. Then he began a successful career in foreign trade. There he came to a considerable wealth allowed him to retire from active working life and to devote himself exclusively to politics. He returned to New Jersey, where he struck a political career.

First, Cobb was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1860 he was appointed as their candidate in the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jetur R. Riggs on March 4, 1861. Since he resigned in 1862 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1863. This was marked by the events of the Civil War.

In 1863, Cobb moved to the Republicans for which it was in 1865 and in 1868 elected to the Senate from New Jersey. From 1865 to 1869 he was mayor of the city of Morristown. Since 1868 until his death served as curator of the George Cobb Drew Theological Seminary; in 1869 he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. Cobb was also president of the Sabbath School Association in Morris County. He died on August 12, 1870 in a railway accident near White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia and was buried in Morristown.