John T. Bird

John Taylor Bird ( born August 16, 1829 in Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; † May 6, 1911 in Trenton, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1869 and 1873 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Bird attended the common schools and an academic school in Hackettstown. After a subsequent law degree in 1855 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Bloomsbury in this profession. In 1858 he moved his residence and his law firm to Clinton. Between 1862 and 1867 was Bird prosecutor in Hunterdon County. Since 1865 he lived in Flemington. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1868 Bird was the third electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles Sitgreaves on March 4, 1869. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 two legislative sessions. There, the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870.

1872 renounced Bird on a new Congress candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. In 1876 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of New Jersey. Between 1882 and 1896 he held the post of Vice Chancellor of New Jersey; 1900 to 1909 he was councilor (Master in Chancery ). John Bird died on 6 May 1911 in Trenton, where he was also buried.