Silas Condit

Silas Condit ( born August 18, 1778 in Orange, New Jersey, † November 29, 1861 in Newark, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1831 and 1833 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Silas Condit was the son of U.S. Senator John Condit ( 1755-1834 ). He attended Princeton College until 1795 and then became active in Orange commercially. He later moved to Newark. Between 1804 and 1811 Condit worked for the district administration in Essex County. From 1813 to 1816 he was there as Sheriff Sheriff. In the years 1812, 1813 and 1816 he sat in the New Jersey General Assembly. From 1819 to 1822 he was a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council, the forerunner of the State Senate. Condit also engaged in the banking industry and was from 1820 to 1842 president of the Newark Banking Co.

Politically, Condit joined in the 1820s, the movement to President John Quincy Adams and was a member of the National Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1830, he became the sixth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac Pierson on March 4, 1831. Until March 3, 1833, he was able to complete a term in Congress. Since the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Silas Condit continued to work in the banking industry. In 1844 he was part of a commission for the revision of the Constitution of New Jersey. He died on November 29, 1861 in Newark.