Benjamin A. Vail
Life and career
Vail was born in 1844 in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey to Benjamin Franklin and Martha C. (Parker) Vail. He was descended from early Quaker colonists in New Jersey, and his grandfather Benjamin Vail was an early settler of the region between Rahway and Plainfield.
He was educated at Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and then attended Haverford College, graduating in 1865. He studied law at the firm of Parker & Keasbey in Newark, New Jersey and was licensed to practice as an attorney in 1868. He established a law practice in Rahway and was elected to the Common Council there.
In 1898 Governor John W. Griggs appointed Vail to the Court of Common Pleas of Union County. He was reappointed to this position in 1903 by Governor Franklin Murphy. In 1906 Governor Edward C. Stokes appointed him as a Circuit Court Judge, his circuit consisting of Hudson, Union, and Somerset counties. He served in this position until 1914.
- Keasbey, Edward Quinton (1912). The Courts and Lawyers of New Jersey 1661-1912. 3. Lewis Historical Pub. Co. pp. 365–6.
- Fitzgerald, Thomas F. (1909). Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. J.A. Fitzgerald. pp. 384–5.
- Scannell, John James (1919). Scannell's New Jersey's First Citizens and State Guide. 2. pp. 457–8.
- Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society. 10. 1925. p. 92.
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