Jacob R. Wortendyke

Jacob Reynier Wortendyke ( born November 27, 1818 in Chestnut Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey; † November 7, 1868 in Jersey City, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1857 and 1859 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jacob Wortendyke enjoyed first a private school and then attended until 1839 the Rutgers College in New Brunswick. In the following ten years he worked as a teacher. After studying law and his 1853 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in this profession in Jersey City. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the congressional elections of 1856 Wortendyke in the fifth electoral district of New Jersey was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Alexander CM Pennington on March 4, 1857. As he defeated Republican William Pennington in 1858, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1859. This was determined by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Wortendyke again worked as a lawyer. Between 1860 and 1868 he served as President of the Water Commission ( Water Board ) of New Jersey. Since 1865 he was also President of the Riparian Commission of New Jersey. In 1868 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York in part, on the Horatio Seymour was nominated as a presidential candidate. Jacob Wortendyke died on November 7, 1868 in Jersey City.