- 24th Vice President of the United States from 1897-1899 (under William McKinley)
HOBART, Garret Augustus, twenty-fourth Vice-President of the United States, was born.in Long Branch, N.J., June 3, 1844; son of Addison W. and Sophia (Vandeveer) Hobart; and grandson of Roswell Hobart, a farmer in the Columbia [p.277] valley, Coos county, N.H. ...Mr. Hobart's father left the homestead in New Hampshire to teach school in Long Branch, N.J., where he was married to Sophia, daughter of David G. and Catherine Vanderveer. In 1846 he opened a county store in Keyport, and then removed to Marlboro, where he conducted a store and farm, and where young Hobart prepared for college. He entered the sophomore class of Rutgers college and was graduated in 1863. He then taught school in Marlboro to procure money to enable him to study law. In 1864 he went to Paterson, N.J., as a law student in the office of Socrates Tuttle, a native of New Hampshire, and a friend of his father. He was admitted to the bar as an attorney in 1866, and as a counseller in 1869, and the same year was married to Jennie Tuttle, daughter of his law preceptor. They had one son, Garret A. Hobart, Jr., and one daughter, Fannie, who died at Lake Como, Italy, in June, 1895. Mr. Hobart became an eminent corporation lawyer and was president or director of many important railway, banking and industrial corporations centering in Paterson, and acquired large wealth through careful investments. He served as counsel for the city of Paterson in 1871, as counsel to the board of chosen freeholders of Passaic county, 1872, and as representative in the state assembly, 1873-75, serving as speaker in 1874. He was state senator, 1878-82, and president of the senate in 1881-82. He was chairman of the Republican state committee, 1880-91, and the New Jersey member of the Republican national committee, 1884-96. He was the unsuccessful candidate for U.S. senator in 1884, but five times declined the nomination as representative in congress. He was delegate at large for New Jersey to the Republican national conventions of 1876 and 1880, and declined the nomination for governor in 1892 and 1895. He received the nomination for Vice-President of the United States on the ticket with William McKinley at the Republican national convention of 1896. He was elected and took the oath of office, March 4, 1897, and contrary to precedent became a confidential adviser of the President. In 1897 he gave to Rutgers college the sum of $5000. He died at Paterson, N.J., Nov. 21, 1899.
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