Theodore Fitz Randolph

Theodore Fitz Randolph (* June 24, 1826 in Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, † November 7, 1883 in Morristown, New Jersey ) was an American politician and 1869-1872 Governor of the State of New Jersey. Between 1875 and 1881 he represented his country in the U.S. Senate.

Early years and political rise

Theodore Randolph came at an early age to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he attended the public schools. Then he engaged in the coal and iron business. Between 1840 and 1852 he lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he went about his business. After his return to New Jersey, he dealt with the mining and transport of ores. Soon he was also president of the railway company Morris and Essex Railroad.

Randolph was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1859 he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and 1862-1863 he was a member of the State Senate. Randolph was in 1865 in the establishment of the Court (State Comptroller ) of New Jersey involved. In 1868 he was elected as a candidate of his party for governor of his state.

Governor and U.S. Senator

Theodore Randolph took office as governor on January 19, 1869. In his three-year term of office, a prison reform was carried out and passed a law against bribery at elections. In Morristown, a new mental hospital was built. One of the railroad monopoly imposed tax was abolished. After the end of his term of office on January 16, 1872 Randolph began his political career continued. Between March 4, 1875, and March 3, 1881, he was as a Class 1 senator member of the U.S. Congress. He succeeds John P. Stockton. Randolph completed a term in the U.S. Senate, during which he was Chairman of the Military Committee. After his departure from this body took over William Joyce Sewell of the Republican Party 's Senate seat.

After the end of his time in Washington Randolph withdrew from politics. He died in November 1883 and was buried in Morristown. Randolph was also known as an inventor. So he invented a machine hole and a steam typewriter.