Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr.
|Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, Sr.|
|United States Senator
from New Jersey
|Preceded by||James E. Martine|
|Succeeded by||Edward I. Edwards|
March 12, 1869|
Raritan, New Jersey
|Died||February 8, 1948
|Resting place||Saint Bernards Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Emily Macy Brewster|
|Children||Victoria Frelinghuysen Bates (1907–2002)
Emily Frelinghuysen McFarland
Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr. (1912–2005)
He was born in Raritan, New Jersey, on March 12, 1869. He comes from a historic New Jersey political family, he is a cousin of current[update] congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. He married Emily Macy Brewster, and had two daughters: Victoria Frelinghuysen who married John Grenville Bates, Jr.and Emily Frelinghuysen who married Edward Bilkey and Ross McFarland; and a son Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr.
After fighting in the Spanish–American War and starting an insurance business, Frelinghuysen was elected to the state Senate in 1905 and became president of that body in 1909. He held several state-wide offices before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1916. He was New Jersey's first directly elected senator following ratification of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding signed the Knox–Porter Resolution, officially ending America's involvement in World War I at the estate of Frelinghuysen in Raritan, New Jersey. The President stayed on the estate until at least July 4. After a failed reelection bid in 1922, Frelinghuysen returned to the insurance business. He died on February 8, 1948 in Tucson, Arizona, and was interred at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
A memorial plaque was placed on the estate grounds commemorating the Knox–Porter Resolution officially ending America's involvement in World War I. Today the estate is long gone and suburban sprawl has replaced it with mini-malls. The marker remains in a patch of grass near a Burger King parking lot along Route 28, just north of the Somerville traffic circle.
- "Married". Time. September 17, 1928. Retrieved May 14, 2007.
Victoria Frelinghuysen, daughter of onetime Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen of Manhattan and Far Hills, N. J., whose family has included four Senators, whose great-great-grandfather served on Washington's staff and was a member of the Continental Congress; to John Grenville Bates Jr., member New York Stock Exchange; in Bernardsville, N. J.
- "Historic Sites". Somerset County Business Partnership. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
In 1921, President Warren G. Harding, visiting the estate of his friend, Sen. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, in Raritan, finished his golf game, returned to the mansion, and signed the Knox–Porter Resolution, officially ending World War I.
- "Spends Afternoon Reading Newspapers on Senator Frelinghuysen's Front Porch.". New York Times. July 4, 1921. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
President Harding attended church today and with the exception of a short automobile ride with Mrs. Harding through the hills of Somerset County, spent the rest of the day at " The Hill," home of Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen.
- Media related to Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr. at Wikimedia Commons
- Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr. at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr. at Findagrave
|United States Senate|
James E. Martine
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Edward I. Edwards
Samuel K. Robbins
|President of the New Jersey Senate
Ernest R. Ackerman
|Party political offices|
|Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey
Hamilton F. Kean