Henry Traphagen

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Henry Traphagen
19th Mayor of Jersey City
In office
May 4, 1874 – April 30, 1876
Preceded by Charles H. O'Neill
Succeeded by Charles Seidler
Personal details
Born (1842-06-01)June 1, 1842
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died October 11, 1918(1918-10-11) (aged 76)
Tenafly, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annie Matilda Cambell (m. 1869–1918)
Children Sarah Conselyea Drayton, Henry Mackaness Traphagen, Anne Campbell Wortendyke, William Conselyea Traphagen, Frederick Putnam Traphagen
Parents Henry Mackaness Traphagen
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey

Henry Traphagen (June 1, 1842 - October 11, 1918) was a lawyer and the Democratic Party Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey from May 4, 1874 to April 30, 1876.


He was born on June 1, 1842, in Jersey City to Henry Mackaness Traphagen and Sarah Conselyea. He had a brother, William C. Traphagen.[1] He was the great-grandson of former Jersey City mayor Cornelius Van Vorst. He was a descendant of Willem Traphagen, from Lemgo, Lippe, who settled in Manhattan in 1652. He studied at Rutgers College and Brown University and became an attorney in 1864.

He married Annie Matilda Cambell (1847-1919) on November 9, 1869.[2][3]

He was elected mayor and served one term, from May 4, 1874 to April 30, 1876.[4]

He died on October 11, 1918 in Tenafly, New Jersey.


  1. ^ "Jersey City". New York Times. June 7, 1884. Retrieved 2011-11-24. Henry Magnus [sic] Traphagen died in Jersey City a few days ago, ... 
  2. ^ Cornelius Burnham Harvey (ed.). "Henry Traphagen". Genealogical History Of Hudson And Bergen Counties New Jersey. Retrieved 2011-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Annie M. Traphagen". New York Times. June 18, 1919. Retrieved 2011-11-24. On Monday, June 16, 1919 ... in the 72 year of her age. 
  4. ^ "Hudson County, NJ". New York Times. May 4, 1874. Retrieved 2011-11-24. Mayor O'Neill, of Jersey City, retires to-day from his official position, and, at noon, Henry Traphagen, the new incumbent, will be sworn in. ... 
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles H. O'Neill
Mayor of Jersey City
Succeeded by
Charles Seidler