Edwin B. Forsythe

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Edwin Bell Forsythe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – March 29, 1984
Preceded by Jim Courter
Succeeded by Jim Saxton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by William T. Cahill
Succeeded by Bernard J. Dwyer
Personal details
Born (1916-01-17)January 17, 1916
Westtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died March 29, 1984(1984-03-29) (aged 68)
Moorestown Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican

Edwin Bell Forsythe (January 17, 1916 – March 29, 1984) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

Forsythe was born in Westtown, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1916, and attended the local public schools. He served as secretary on the Moorestown Township, New Jersey Board of Adjustment from 1948 to 1952, was a member of the Moorestown Committee from 1953 to 1962, serving as Mayor of Moorestown, New Jersey from 1957 to 1962, and was chairman of the Moorestown Planning Board from 1962 to 1963. He was a member of the executive board of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities from 1958 to 1962. Forsythe was elected to the New Jersey Senate, where he served from 1964 to 1970. He was a delegate to the New Jersey Constitutional convention in 1966 and selected as a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.

Forsythe was elected simultaneously as a Republican to the 91st and to the 92nd Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative William T. Cahill, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (November 3, 1970–March 29, 1984). Forsythe represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district until 1983. In redistricting following the 1980 United States Census, Forsythe was shifted to New Jersey's 13th congressional district, where he was elected for a single term in office.

Forsythe died at the age of 68 at his home in Moorestown Township on March 29, 1984, due to lung cancer.[1] His remains were cremated and his ashes interred at Union Street Friends Cemetery, Medford, New Jersey.

Legacy[edit]

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is named in his honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter H. Waggoner (March 30, 1984). "Edwin Forsythe, Congressman, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-01. "Representative Edwin B. Forsythe, a New Jersey Republican who served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, died of lung cancer yesterday at his home in Moorestown, N.J. He was 68 years old." 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William T. Cahill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

1971–1983
Succeeded by
Bernard J. Dwyer
Preceded by
Jim Courter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 13th congressional district

1983–1984
Succeeded by
Jim Saxton
Political offices
Preceded by
Sido L. Ridolfi
President of the New Jersey Senate
1968
Succeeded by
Frank X. McDermott