Elbridge Van Syckel Besson

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Elbridge Van Syckel Besson
14th Mayor of Hoboken
In office
April 1878 – April 1880
Preceded by Joseph Russel
Succeeded by John A. O'Neill
16th Mayor of Hoboken
In office
April 1881 – April 1883
Preceded by John A. O'Neill
Succeeded by Herman L. Timken
Personal details
Born Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Died Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Hoboken, New Jersey
Sarah Carhart Runkle obituary. She was the mother of Elbridge Van Syckel Besson

Elbridge Van Syckel Besson (December 22, 1839 – 1915) was an American Republican party politician who served two non-consecutive terms as the 14th and 16th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey.[1] He also served a term in the New Jersey General Assembly.[2]


Besson was born on December 22, 1839 in Hoboken, New Jersey to Jacob Besson and Sarah Carhart Runkle.[3] He was President of the Hoboken City Council in 1865.[4] He was a member of New Jersey General Assembly in 1869.[2] Besson was the Republican nominee for Mayor again in 1884 and 1895.[5][6] He died in 1915.


  1. ^ "A Notable Inaugural". New York Times. May 4, 1881. Retrieved 2011-01-06. The new Republican Mayor of Hoboken, the Hon. E.V.S. Besson, exploded a bomb-shell ... He was elected on April 9th ... In referring to the monopoly which Hoboken, Mayor Besson said in his ... 
  2. ^ a b "Elbridge Besson". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2011-01-06. Besson, Elbridge V. S. — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Hudson County, 1869; mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1878-80, 1881-83. Burial location unknown. 
  3. ^ "Hoboken". New York Daily Tribune. January 20, 1896. Retrieved 2015-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Hoboken". New York Times. May 3, 1865. Retrieved January 13, 2011. The Hoboken Board of Councilmen met on Monday evening, and organized for the ensuing year by the election of E.V.S. Besson for President. ... 
  5. ^ "Nominations in Hoboken". The New York Times. March 25, 1884. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hoboken Primaries and Conventions". New York Times. March 26, 1895. Retrieved January 13, 2011.