Edward Hoos

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Edward Hoos
26th Mayor of Jersey City
In office
May 3, 1897 – December 31, 1901
Preceded by Peter Farmer Wanser
Succeeded by Mark M. Fagan
Personal details
Born August 31, 1850
Neuwied am Rhine, Germany
Died October 24, 1912(1912-10-24) (aged 62)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Dora Wilkins & Marie Renz
Children Edward H.Hoos,Dora M.Hoos, Arthur,Elizabeth (Elsa)Hoos,Anna B. Hoos,Laura Hoos,Adele L. Hoos and Robert J. Hoos,Alfred Hoos, Herbert Hoos,Georgina M. E.Hoos,Milton V. Hoos and Thelma Hoos.
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey

Edward Hoos (August 31, 1850 – October 24, 1912) was the 26th Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey from May 3, 1897 to December 31, 1901.


Hoos was born in Neuwied am Rhine, Germany on August 31, 1850. He was an upholsterer who, after immigrating to the United States, he started a furniture business in Jersey City. His wife Dora Wilkins, of Hanover, Germany, died in 1890. In 1897, he was pushed by Democratic political boss, Robert Davis, to run for Mayor of Jersey City.

The mayoral election of 1897 was very controversial. The Republican controlled state legislature passed the McArthur Act which postponed Jersey City and Newark's elections from the Spring to November to make them coincide with the state elections. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that this was unconstitutional.[1] The Republicans appealed the Supreme Court's decision to the New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals. Since the decision was under appeal, the Republicans claimed that the elections planned for April 14 should not be held at that time until the court ruled on their appeal and if they were held then their results would not be valid until after the appeal was ruled on. The Democrats claimed they would be held and their results would be valid.[2] Hoos won the election against Republican J. Herbert Potts, 15,264 votes to 12,018.[3] however, Mayor Peter F. Wanser refused to vacate the mayor's office claiming the election was not valid until their appeal was heard in court. Hoos had to formally demand Wanser to leave the office on May 3, 1897.[4] The New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals ruled in September in favor of Hoos.[5][6]

Hoos won re-election over Republican Edward M. Watson by an even bigger margin of 7,000 votes on April 11, 1899.[7] Hoos had served two terms (May 3, 1897 to December 31, 1901), but Boss Davis knew the voters wanted a change and dumped Hoos from the ticket in 1901 in favor of Edward L. Young (New Jersey), son of Edward Faitoute Condict Young (Davis' financial backing). It did not matter to the voters who swept in Republican Mark M. Fagan as mayor.

Hoos died on October 24, 1912 and was buried in New York Bay Cemetery in Jersey City alongside his wife and three of his children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Peters F. Wanser
Mayor of Jersey City
Succeeded by
Mark M. Fagan