Peter Angelo Cavicchia

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Peter Angelo Cavicchia (born in Roccamandolfi, Campobasso, Italy on May 22, 1879) was an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey, who served in the United States House of Representatives, where he represented New Jersey's 11th congressional district.


He immigrated to the United States in 1888 with his parents, who settled in Newark, New Jersey. Cavicchia attended the public schools and was graduated from the American International College in 1906 and from New York University School of Law in 1908. He was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Newark. He also served as director and counsel for several building and loan associations and was appointed supervisor of inheritance tax of Essex County in 1917. He was a member of the Board of Education of the Newark Public Schools from 1917–1931, serving as its president from 1924-1926.

He was professor of law and trustee of Mercer Beasley School of Law (now part of Rutgers University), Newark, 1925-1931. Cavicchia was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-second, Seventy-third, and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1937). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress and thus resumed the practice of law and again served as supervisor of inheritance tax for Essex County, 1937-1956.

He died in Belleville, New Jersey, September 11, 1967, aged 88. He is interred in Fairmount Cemetery in Newark.

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