Philemon Dickerson (* June 26, 1788 in Succasunna, Morris County, New Jersey, † December 10, 1862 in Paterson, New Jersey ) was an American politician and from 1836 to 1837 Governor of New Jersey. Both before and after his governorship, he represented this state as a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Early years and political rise
Philemon Dickerson was the brother of Mahlon Dickerson, who was from 1815 to 1817 Governor of New Jersey from 1817 to 1833 and U.S. Senator for that State. Philemon visited until 1808, the University of Pennsylvania. After a subsequent law degree, he was admitted to the Bar in 1813, after which he began practicing in Paterson.
Between 1821 and 1822 Dickerson was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. He was a member of the founded by President Andrew Jackson Democratic Party. In 1832 he was elected as a deputy in the Congress. This mandate he held between 4 March 1833 to 3 November 1836. On this day he resigned because he had meanwhile been elected governor of his state.
Governor and congressman
Dickerson year term was overshadowed by an economic crisis and fierce domestic political disputes in New Jersey. After the end of his governorship, he was elected to Congress again in 1838. Between March 4, 1839 March 3, 1841, he graduated from a legislature. A sought reelection failed in 1840.
Between 1841 and 1851 Philemon Dickerson was to succeed his brother Mahlon judge at the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey. In addition, he was Chairman of the City Council in Paterson. Dickerson died in 1862. Together with his wife Sidney Stotesbury he had two children.