Charles M. Egan

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Charles Michael Egan (October 13, 1877 – November 14, 1955) was an American attorney and Democratic party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey State Senate between 1911 and 1917, and served as Vice-Chancellor of the New Jersey Chancery Court.[1]


Egan was born on October 13, 1877 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Michael and Maria Egan. He attended St. Michael's School, Public School 21, and Saint Peter's College.[2] Egan attended the New York Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1899.[3] First elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1911, Egan rose to be Majority Leader in 1913. That year he sought to represent Hudson County in the New Jersey Senate. Egan won the election by 28,213 votes - the largest majority ever received for a county office in the state of New Jersey at the time.[3] Egan was succeeded in the Senate by Cornelius Augustine McGlennon.

After leaving the Legislature, Egan served as an Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor, and in March 1923 Governor George Sebastian Silzer nominated him as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Hudson County.[4] On January 11, 1934 New Jersey State Chancellor Luther A. Campbell appointed Egan to succeed John J. Fallon as Vice-Chancellor of the State Chancery Court.[5] Egan served in that position until his retirement in 1948.[6] Egan was recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Saint Peter's College in 1935.[7]

Egan was married to the former Eleanor Walsh, daughter of Congressman James J. Walsh of New York.[8] The couple had three children - Charles M. Jr., James W., and Virginia. Egan died November 14, 1955 at the age of 78.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Charles Egan, 78, Lawyer 50 Years. Former Vice Chancellor of Jersey Chancery Court and State Legislator Dies". New York Times. November 15, 2009. p. 33. 
  2. ^ Charles Michael Egan born on October 13, 1877 according to the WWI and WWII draft. It appears that the Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey uses an incorrect date. His tombstone uses the year "1878".
  3. ^ a b Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. J.A. Fitzgerald. 1915. p. 330. Senator Egan was born in Jersey City, September 21st, [sic] 1877. He is a son of the late Michael and Maria Egan 
  4. ^ "Jersey Highways 'Ripper' Blocked; Legislature Takes Recess Without Ending Double Deadlock Over New Board". The New York Times. March 8, 1932. p. 5. 
  5. ^ "Judge Egan Named to Succeed Fallon; Hudson County Jurist to Be Sworn in as Vice Chancellor in Jersey City Monday". The New York Times. January 12, 1934. p. 27. 
  6. ^ "Mrs. Charles M. Egan". The New York Times. May 7, 1953. p. 32. 
  7. ^ "74 at St. Peter's Will Get Degrees; Bishop Walsh of Newark to Preside at Exercises of Institution Today". The New York Times. June 17, 1935. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "Senator Egan to Marry.; Will Take as Bride Eleanor Walsh, Daughter of Late Congressman". The New York Times. May 12, 1916. p. 11. Retrieved November 17, 2009.