Elmer H. Geran

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Elmer Hendrickson Geran
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925
Preceded by T. Frank Appleby
Succeeded by Stewart H. Appleby
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Sheriff of Monmouth County
In office
Preceded by Cornelius B. Barkalow
Succeeded by Walter H. Gravatt
Personal details
Born October 24, 1875
Matawan, New Jersey
Died January 12, 1954(1954-01-12) (aged 78)
Morganville, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Profession politician

Elmer Hendrickson Geran (October 24, 1875 – January 12, 1954) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 1925 to 1927.


Geran was born in Matawan, New Jersey on October 24, 1875, where he attended the public schools and Glenwood Military Academy. He graduated from Peddie Institute in Hightstown, New Jersey in 1895, from Princeton University in 1899, and from New York Law School in 1901. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1911 and 1912, and a member of the New Jersey State Water Supply Commission from 1912 to 1915. Geran was assistant prosecutor of the pleas of Monmouth County from 1915–1917, and was again a member of the Assembly in 1916 and 1917 and served as minority leader. He served as sheriff of Monmouth County from 1917 to 1920. He was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920, resigning in 1921 to resume the practice of law in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Geran was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress from March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress.

After leaving Congress, Geran resumed the practice of his profession until September 22, 1927. In 1927, he became associated with the New Jersey Gravel & Sand Co. at Farmington, and was serving as vice president and treasurer at time of death. He died at his home, Glen Geran Farm, in the Morganville section of Marlboro Township, New Jersey on January 12, 1954,[1] and was interred in Old Tennent Cemetery, Manalapan Township, New Jersey.


  1. ^ Staff. "ELMER H. GERAN, 78, IN CONGRESS 1923-25", The New York Times, January 14, 1954. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Elmer H. Geran, former Congressman, assemblyman and United States attorney, died last night at his home, Glen Geran Farm, Marlboro Township."

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
T. Frank Appleby
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

November 3, 1923 – March 3, 1925
Succeeded by
Stewart H. Appleby
Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph L. Bodine
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Walter G. Winne