John Runk

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John Runk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Isaac G. Farlee (D)
Succeeded by Joseph E. Edsall (D)
Personal details
Born July 3, 1791
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Died September 22, 1872(1872-09-22) (aged 81)
Lambertville, New Jersey
Political party Whig
Profession Politician

John Runk (July 3, 1791 – September 22, 1872) was an American Whig Party politician, who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1845-1847.

Runk was born in Milltown (later, Idell), Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He attended the district schools and took charge of the mills and general store on his father's property in Milltown. He was a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders from Kingwood Township from 1825-1833. He was an unsuccessful candidate for sheriff in 1830, and served as high sheriff of Hunterdon County from 1836-1838.

Runk was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth United States Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846, and ran unsuccessfully against Democrat George F. Fort for Governor of New Jersey in 1850.

He moved to Lambertville, New Jersey in 1854 and engaged in the milling business and mercantile pursuits. He died in Lambertville and is interred in Rosemont Cemetery, Rosemont, Hunterdon County, N.J.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac G. Farlee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847
Succeeded by
Joseph E. Edsall