Cornelius Van Vorst

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Cornelius Van Vorst
12th Mayor of Jersey City
In office
Preceded byDudley S. Gregory
Succeeded byJohn B. Romar
Personal details
BornMarch 7, 1822[1]
Jersey City, New Jersey
DiedNovember 19, 1906
Milford, Delaware
Spouse(s)Sophia Phillips
ResidenceJersey City, New Jersey

Cornelius Van Vorst (March 7, 1822 – November 19, 1906) was the twelfth Mayor of Jersey City, serving from 1860 to 1862.[2] He was the namesake and eighth generation descendant of the 17th century Superintendent of the Pavonia Colony.


The kitchen step of his mansion was known to be the slab of marble that was originally the base of the statue of King George III at the Bowling Green in New York. After the statue had been torn down, the slab had been reused as the gravestone of a Major John Smith of the Royal Highlands Regiment. In 1874, Van Vorst donated the stone to the New York Historical Society.[3]


  1. ^ Winfield, Charles (1874). History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey: from its earliest settlement to the present time. Kennard & Hay Stationery M'fg and Print. Co. p. 438.
  2. ^ Winfield p.289
  3. ^ "The Statue That Was Made Into Bullets" (PDF). The New York Times. 1901-07-21. p. SM6.

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