Guide to the Papers of John C. Ten Eyck 1860-1874 MG 366
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Inventory prepared by Laura Ruttum as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Laura Ruttum. January 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
John Conover Ten Eyck (1814-1879) was elected in 1859 to serve as U.S. Senator from New Jersey. His service as Senator began on March 4, 1859 and ended March 3, 1865, at which time he was not reelected to office.
Ten Eyck was born on March 12, 1814 in Freehold, New Jersey, and educated in the law under private tutors. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1835 and appointed as prosecutor of due Pleas in Burlington County in 1839, a position he held for ten years. John Ten Eyck served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1844.
In 1859. Ten Eyck was elected as a Republican Senator from the state of New Jersey, in which role he also served one year on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1875 he was appointed to the commission revising the New Jersey Constitution, and briefly served as president of said commission. John C. Ten Eyck died in Mount Holly, New Jersey on August 24, 1879, and lies buried in St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
This collection consists of eight letters written by John C. Ten Eyck between the years 1860 and 1875. The collection contains business, legal and personal correspondence, as well as two letters of reference written by Senator Ten Eyck on another’s behalf.
The two letters written to the editor of the Congressional Globe make reference to requests to receive copies of the Globe. It is likely that he intended these copies to supplement his personal law library, as the Congressional Globe contains the congressional debates of the 23rd through the 42nd U.S. Congresses (1833-1873). The Globe was succeeded by the modern Congressional Record.
Two letters written to the Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, serve as letters of reference for John A. Burrough, who was interested in obtaining a Lieutenancy in the Marine Corps; and Thomas Potter, Esq., for whom Ten Eyck had written a recommendation for appointment to the position of Adjutant Paymaster in the Navy.
Correspondents include: H.C. Carey, L.J. Cist, B. Perry, J.C. Rives, Charles Scott, Gideon Welles, and the editor of the Congressional Globe.
This collection is arranged by type of letter and chronological order therein.
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For related materials in print on John C. Ten Eyck, see:
Ten Eyck, John C. (1864). Reconstruction in the States: Speech of Hon. John C. Ten Eyck, of New Jersey: Delivered in the Senate of the United States on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1864. Washington D.C.: L. Towers and Company.
For related collections on John C. Ten Eyck at the New Jersey Historical Society, see:
For related collections on John C. Ten Eyck at other institutions, see:
Manuscript Collection 830, Charles Lanman Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University
Manuscript Collection 857, Henry Woodhull Green Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 366, John C. Ten Eyck Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
This collection was purchased in 1957 by the New Jersey Historical Society.
Retrieved September 24, 2003, from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, http://bioguide.congress.gov
Retrieved September 24, 2003, from the Library of Congress American Memory Project, http://memory.loc.gov