Isaac Southard

Isaac Southard ( born August 30, 1783 in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, † September 18, 1850 in Somerville, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1831 and 1833 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Isaac Southard was the son of Congressman Henry Southard (1747-1842) and the older brother of U.S. Senator and Governor Samuel L. Southard ( 1787-1842 ). He attended the common schools. He then worked until 1814 in the trade and later for the tax authority in Somerset County. In 1815, he was a major in the militia of his native district. Later, he should bring it to the state militia to the colonel. Southard was also active in the banking industry and president of the branch of the State Bank in Morristown. In 1820, he served as a lay judge of the District Court of Somerset County and as a justice of the peace. Between 1820 and 1830, Southard was hired as county clerk in the management of Somerset County. Politically, he joined the opposition against President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the short-lived National Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1830 Southard 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 Samuel Swan on March 4, 1831. As he said Democrats Ferdinand Schureman Schenck defeated in 1832, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1831. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, 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.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Isaac Southard was appointed in 1833 to Kanzleigerichtsrat. Between 1837 and 1843 he was Minister of Finance ( Treasurer ) of the State of New Jersey. He lived meanwhile in Trenton, before he returned to Somerville, where he died on 18 September 1850.