John Van Dyke

John Van Dyke ( born April 3, 1807 in Lamington, Somerset County, New Jersey, † December 24, 1878 in Wabasha, Minnesota) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1847 and 1851 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Van Dyke attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent law degree in 1836 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began in New Brunswick to work in this profession. In 1841, he was a prosecutor in Middlesex County. In the years 1846 and 1847 Van Dyke served as mayor of New Brunswick. He was also president of the local branch of the Bank of New Jersey.

Politically, Van Dyke member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1846 he was 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 Joseph E. Edsall on March 4, 1847. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1851 two legislative sessions. These were initially shaped by the events of the Mexican-American War. In 1850 he renounced a new Congress candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Van Dyke again practiced as a lawyer. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In 1856 he was a delegate participated in the first Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, was nominated on the John C. Frémont as a presidential candidate. From 1859 to 1866 Van Dyke judge at the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1868, he moved to Wabasha, Minnesota. In the years 1872 and 1873 he sat in the local state Senate. Since 1873, until his death was Van Dyke judges in the third judicial district of Minnesota. He died on December 24, 1878 in Wabasha, where he was also buried.