George Theodore Werts

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George Theodore Werts
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28th Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 17, 1893 – January 21, 1896
Preceded byLeon Abbett
Succeeded byJohn W. Griggs
President of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Preceded byGeorge H. Large
Succeeded byHenry M. Nevius
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from Morris County
In office
Preceded byJames C. Youngblood
Succeeded byElias C. Drake
Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey
In office
Preceded byJames Sullivan
Succeeded byGeorge T. Cobb
Personal details
Born(1846-03-24)March 24, 1846
Hackettstown, New Jersey
DiedJanuary 17, 1910(1910-01-17) (aged 63)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Emma Stelle

George Theodore Werts (March 24, 1846 – January 17, 1910) was an American Democratic Party politician, who served as the 28th governor of New Jersey from 1893 to 1896. Werts created the Palisades Interstate Park Commission which saved the New Jersey Palisades from being quarried for their rock.


He was born on March 24, 1846 in Hackettstown, New Jersey[1] and he moved in 1863 to Morristown, New Jersey at age 17. He became a lawyer. In 1872 he married Emma Stelle.

He entered politics and in 1886 was elected Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey, serving until 1892. He was also elected to the New Jersey Senate, serving from 1887 to 1892. Werts moved from Morristown to Jersey City, New Jersey and lived in a mansion on Crescent Avenue on the present site of Lincoln High School in Jersey City.

Governor Leon Abbett named Werts as a state judge in 1892 to replace Manning M. Knapp.[2]

He died on January 17, 1910 at age 63.[3] He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, in Morristown, New Jersey.


  1. ^ "New Jersey Governor George Theodore Werts". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Justice Knapp's Successor. State Senator George T. Werts Spoken Of For The Place". New York Times. February 2, 1892. Retrieved June 18, 2008. A well-authenticated rumor that prevails around the State House this evening is that neither Lippincott, Garretson, nor Kirkpatrick will be chosen to succeed the late Justice Manning M. Knapp, but that the choice seat on the Supreme Court Bench will be awarded to Senator George T. Werts of Morris County. This announcement will occasion surprise wherever it becomes known.
  3. ^ "Ex-Gov. G. T. Werts Dead.; Last Democratic Governor Of New Jersey And Old Politician". New York Times. January 18, 1910. Retrieved June 18, 2008. George T. Werts of New Jersey, one of the best-known Democratic politicians in that State, died yesterday of pneumonia at his home, 275 Union Street, ...

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Political offices
Preceded by President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of New Jersey
January 17, 1893 – January 21, 1896
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by