Charles C. Stratton
|Charles Creighton Stratton|
|15th Governor of New Jersey|
|Preceded by||Daniel Haines|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Haines|
March 6, 1796|
Swedesboro, New Jersey
|Died||March 30, 1859
Swedesboro, New Jersey
He graduated from Rutgers College in 1814, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1821, 1823, and again in 1829. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth United States Congress (1837–1839); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Twenty-sixth Congress, but the House declined to seat him ; reelected to the Twenty-seventh United States Congress (1841–1843). He chose not to run again in 1842. Stratton served as a member of the 1844 Constitutional convention (political meeting) that created a revised New Jersey State Constitution.
The new 1844 New Jersey State Constitution provided for direct election of a Governor for a single three-year term. Stratton ran on the Whig ticket, and campaigned on a platform opposing the powerful railroad interests of the state. The Democratic candidate was Pennsylvania-born John R. Thomson, who was a stockholder in the railroad and a vigorous advocate of internal improvements.
Stratton won, and served as Governor from January 21, 1845, to January 17, 1848. After his term he resumed agricultural pursuits. He married Sarah Taggart of Philadelphia in 1854. Because of ill health, he resided in Europe in 1857 and 1858.
Although he had no children, he had two notable nephews. Benjamin Franklin Howey was a Republican member of the Forty-eighth United States Congress (1883–1885) from the 4th Congressional District. Another nephew, Thomas Preston Carpenter, served as an Associate Justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- "STRATTON, Charles Creighton, (1796 - 1859)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved Aug 25, 2013.
- Find-A-Grave info for Charles C. Stratton
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- Charles C. Stratton at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biographical information of Charles C. Stratton, New Jersey State Library – document is damaged as of July 6, 2006.
- New Jersey Governor Charles Creighton Stratton, National Governors Association