BLOOMFIELD, Joseph, (1753 - 1823)


BLOOMFIELD, Joseph, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, N.J., October 18, 1753; educated at Rev. Enoch Green’s school in Deerfield, N.J.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1775 and commenced practice in Bridgeton, N.J.; entered the Revolutionary Army as captain of the Third New Jersey Regiment on February 9, 1776; attained the rank of major; resumed the practice of law in Burlington, N.J.; registrar of the admiralty court 1779-1783; State attorney general from 1783 to 1792, when he resigned; trustee of Princeton College from 1793 until his resignation in 1801; Governor of New Jersey 1801-1812; commissioned brigadier general on March 13, 1812, and served until June 15, 1815; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventeenth Congress; died in Burlington, Burlington County, N.J., October 3, 1823; interment in St. Mary’s Episcopal Churchyard.