Cornelius V. Clickener

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Cornelius V. Clickener
Cornelius V. Clickener portrait.jpg
1st Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey
In office
April 10, 1855 – 1857
Succeeded byFranklin B. Carpenter
Personal details
New Brunswick, New Jersey
DiedFebruary 17, 1864 (age 46)
Manhattan, New York City
Political partyDemocratic

Cornelius V. Clickener (1819 – February 17, 1864) was the first Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, serving from 1855 to 1857. He served as a member of New Jersey Senate representing Hudson County from 1857 to 1859.


He was born in 1819,[1] most likely in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He married Eliza J. (1819-1901) around 1838 in New York.

He had a business in Manhattan, New York City which in 1852 obtained the rights to sell "Dalley's magical pain extractor", a medicated ointment.[2][3] Clickener served as director of the Columbia Fire Insurance Company in New York City.[4] In 1855, he spearheaded the effort to incorporate Hoboken as a city. Hoboken residents approved the city charter by a vote of 237 to 185 on March 28, 1855.[5] Clickener was elected as the first mayor of Hoboken on April 10, 1855.[6]

In 1856, Clickener was appointed as Bank Commissioner for the State of New Jersey by Governor Rodman M. Price.[7] He was defeated for re-election for mayor in 1857. A Democrat, he served as a member of the New Jersey Senate from Hudson County from 1857 to 1859.[4]

Clickener died at the age of 46 on February 17, 1864 in Manhattan, New York City.[8] He was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.


  1. ^ "Cornelius V Clickener". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  2. ^ Library Company of Phiiladelphia
  3. ^ Christopher Hoolihan, An Annotated Catalogue of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform, University of Rochester Press, 2008, p. 184
  4. ^ a b "Cornelius V. Clickener". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  5. ^ Dilworth, Richardson (2005). The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy. Harvard University Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-674-01531-9.
  6. ^ "April in Hoboken History". Hoboken Museum. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  7. ^ "City Bank of Hoboken" (PDF). The New York Times. January 7, 1856.
  8. ^ "Clickner". The New York Times. February 17, 1864. p. 5. Retrieved 2009-08-06. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Cornelius V. Clickener, in the 46th year of his age.

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