Charles Ferren Hopkins

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Charles Ferren Hopkins, Sr. (May 16, 1842 - February 14, 1934) was the last surviving Union Civil War soldier in New Jersey that was a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He served as Mayor of Boonton, New Jersey.[1]

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He was born on May 16, 1842 in Hope, New Jersey to Nathan Hopkins (1811–1889) and Ann Wilson and he had a brother, John Robertson Hopkins (1844–1885). He served as Mayor of Boonton, New Jersey. He had a son, Charles Ferren Hopkins, Jr. (1884–1956).[2] He was interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Boonton.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Charles F. Hopkins Dies In New Jersey. State's Only Survivor of Civil War. Holding Congressional Medal of Honor. Once Mayor of Boonton. Modestly Declined to Apply for the Medal Until Thirty Years After It Was Awarded". New York Times. February 15, 1934. Retrieved 2011-10-04. "Charles F. Hopkins, the only surviving Civil War veteran in New Jersey holding the Congressional Medal of Honor, died this afternoon at his home here, 209 Williams Street. He was 91 years old and had been ill since last June with ailments incident to his age. Mrs. Hopkins died in 1931, sixty-four years after their marriage. Four daughters and three sons survive: Mrs. A. Lefferts, Mrs. William Milner, Mrs Ella Relyes, Mrs E. A. Fisher, Emmet, Frank and Charles Hopkins. A funeral service will be held here at 3:30 PM Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. ..." 
  2. ^ "C.F. Hopkins, Civic Leader in Boonton". Morristown Daily Record. November 23, 1956. Retrieved 2011-10-04. "Charles F. Hopkins, 72, of 608 Washington Street, father of Mountain Lakes High School Principal Gerald F. Hopkins, died suddenly of a heart attack Wednesday night (Nov. 21, 1956), at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alphonse Scerbo, where he was visiting. Born here, he was the son of the late Charles and Heddie Hopkins. He retired in 1949 from the Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Steel Co. of Jersey City. He was employed there 43 years as general foreman. He was a member of the Walter J. Barrett Knights of Columbus, No. 1954, and the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Boonton; exempt member of the Boonton Fireman's Assn.; honorary member of the Maxfield Engine & Hose Co.; member of the South Boonton Field Club; member of the Army and Navy Legion of Valor; honorary member of the 101st Airborne Division Assn.; member of the Catholic Benevolent Legion, and auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary. ..." 

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