George N. Seger

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George N. Seger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 7th and 8th district
In office
March 1923 - August 1940
Preceded by Amos H. Radcliffe and Fred A. Hartley, Jr.
Succeeded by Randolph Perkins and Gordon Canfield
Personal details
Born (1866-01-04)January 4, 1866
New York, New York
Died August 26, 1940(1940-08-26) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican

George Nicholas Seger (January 4, 1866 - August 26, 1940) was an American politician. Seger, a Republican, represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives for eighteen years, lasting from 1923 until his death on August 26, 1940.[1] Seger first represented New Jersey's 7th District from 1923 to 1933 and New Jersey's 8th District from 1933 to 1940, where he succeeded Fred A. Hartley, Jr.[2]

Biography[edit]

Seger was born on January 4, 1866 in New York City. When he was thirty-three years old, Seger moved and settled in Passaic, New Jersey.[1] As a resident of Passaic, Seger involved himself in building up business in the city. Seger involved himself with such organization as the Freemasons, Knights Templar, Shriners, Elks, and Royal Arcanum.[2] He later got involved in the city's politics, serving as a member in the Board of Education from 1906 to 1911 and then as mayor of Passaic, New Jersey from 1911 to 1919.[1] During his mayoral term, he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1916, member of the Council of National Defense during World War I, and president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in 1917 and 1918.[1] After serving as mayor, Seger became the city's Director of Finance, and held that position until 1923 when he ran for the House seat in New Jersey's 7th District.

Politics[edit]

Seger won the election and succeeded Amos H. Radcliffe, beating out Wilmer A. Cadmus, Frank Hubschmitt and Harry Santhouse.[3] In the election, he captured 54.6% of the vote, while the Democrat Cadmus captured 43.5%.[4] Seger faced smooth re-election bids in 1924 and 1926, when he captured over 70% of the vote against his Democratic rivals.[5][6] In December 1929, Seger's daughter, Alva M. Seger, married Frederick Haskell Dominick, the Democrat Representative from South Carolina.[7] In the 1930 United States House elections, Seger faced Harry Joelson in a close re-election bid. He captured 53.7% of the vote in the race for the seat in New Jersey's 7th district.[8] Seger faced Joelson again in the 1932 elections, but this time, the race was much closer. Seger captured 49.2% of the vote, squeezing by Joelson by a mere 239 votes.[9] Seger served as New Jersey's 7th District representative until 1934, when he moved to the New Jersey's 8th District. In the 1934 House elections, he faced Frank J. Van Noort, a former mayor of Paterson, New Jersey.[10] Seger defeated Noort by capturing 53.6% of the vote.[11] Seger won future re-election bids, and served as the Representative for the 8th district until August 26, 1940, when he suddenly died in Washington, D.C.[1][12]

Legacy[edit]

He was succeeded by his long-time secretary, Gordon Canfield, who served the position until 1961.

A Liberty ship was commissioned under his name for use in World War II. Liberty ship Hull #3049, the SS George N. Seger, built in South Portland, Maine, was laid down on June 17, 1944 and was launched more than a month later on August 8.[13] The ship was later scrapped in 1967.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "George N. Seger Profile". United States Congress. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b Lawrence Kestenbaum. "The Political Graveyard: George Nicholas Seger". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  3. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "1920s New Jersey House of Representatives Elections". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  4. ^ John L. Moore, ed. (1994). Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly. p. 1543. ISBN 0-87187-996-4.  pg. 1146
  5. ^ Moore (1994), pg. 1151
  6. ^ Moore (1994), pg. 1156
  7. ^ "December 1929 Political Weddings". Time Magazine. December 30, 1929. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  8. ^ Moore (1994), pg. 1166
  9. ^ Moore (1994), pg. 1171
  10. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Frank J. Van Noort profile". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  11. ^ Moore (1994), pg. 1176
  12. ^ "Rep. George Seger Of New Jersey, 74; Republican, Mayor of Passaic 1911-19, in House Since 1922. Dies in Washington. Colleagues Praise Work. Speaker Bankhead and Rep. J.W. Martin Jr. Pay Tribute. Waterways Authority". New York Times. August 27, 1940. Retrieved 2011-09-19. "Representative George N. Seger of New Jersey died today in Naval Hospital, where he had been a patient since Thursday. He was 74 years of age." 
  13. ^ Peter Thompson. "Liberty Ships, Master List of Names: G". Retrieved 2006-12-26. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Amos H. Radcliffe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 7th congressional district

1923-1933
Succeeded by
Randolph Perkins
Preceded by
Fred A. Hartley, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 8th congressional district

1933-1940
Succeeded by
Gordon Canfield