Peter Dumont Vroom

Peter Dumont Vroom ( born December 12, 1791 in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, † November 18, 1873 in Trenton, New Jersey ) was an American politician and 1829-1836 twice governor of the state of New Jersey. He also represented his country 1839-1841 as a deputy in Congress.

Early years

Peter Vroom attended the public schools of his home and then the Somerville Academy. Subsequently, he studied until 1808 at Columbia College in New York City. After a subsequent law degree, he was admitted in 1813 as a lawyer. After that he first began to work in his new profession in Hillsborough and then in 1821 after moving to Somerville.

Political Rise and governor of New Jersey

Between 1826 and 1829 Vroom was a representative in the New Jersey General Assembly. At that time he became a member of the newly formed Democratic Party. In 1829 he was elected as the candidate of the legislature to the new governor of his state. He took office on 6 November 1829 was after he was re-elected annually, first serve until 26 October 1832. The subsequent term until October 1833 graduated from Samuel L. Southard of the Whig party.

Then Vroom was re-elected. This time he could remain in office until October 28, 1836. During his reign, he supported the construction of railways and the construction of the Raritan and Delaware Canal. His tenure was politically dominated by the controversy over the policies of President Andrew Jackson. It was about the question bank and the challenge posed by South Carolina Nullifikationskrise. In 1836 Vroom waived for health reasons for re-election.

More political career

1837 Vroom Indian Agent was at the root of the Choctaw and 1838 he ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The elections were disputed and after some discussion it was clear that Vroom was able to move as one of four Democratic candidates from New Jersey in the Congress. He took his 1839-1841 State in Washington. In 1840 he was not re-elected. He then worked as a lawyer again.

In 1844 he was member of a commission to revise the State Constitution of New Jersey. An appointment as Chief Justice of New Jersey declined from Vroom in 1853. Instead, he was appointed by President Franklin Pierce as the successor of Daniel D. Barnard to the United States ambassador in Prussia. This office he held from 1853-1857. After his return, he again worked as a lawyer. In 1861 he was a member of a conference in Washington, who wanted to prevent the outbreak of civil war in vain at the last minute. From 1861 until his death in 1873 he was the Secretary of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He was also the administrator of the 1864 redemption fund of New Jersey. Peter Vroom died in November 1873. He was married twice and had six children.