Hutchins F. Inge
Early life and career
Inge began his medical practice in Newark, New Jersey in 1936. He served on the staff of United Presbyterian Hospital in Newark and was also staff physician for the Newark Board of Health's Division of Child Hygiene. He was director of the Essex Urban League and a founder of the Council of Doers, professional men dedicated to community service. He was also a life member of the NAACP and a member of the American Medical Association.
In 1965, at the age of 65, Inge was nominated by the Essex County Democratic organization as a candidate for the State Senate. He was one of four Senate candidates on the county slate, after a temporary reapportionment plan awarded Essex (as well as Bergen County) the right to elect four instead of one senators. All four Democratic candidates were elected to office, in a year when Governor Richard J. Hughes was reelected in a landslide and Democrats took control of both houses of the legislature.
1965 Essex County State Senator General Election Results
|Nicholas Fernicola||Democrat||145,589||C. Robert Sarcone||Republican||128,815|
|Maclyn Goldman||Democrat||143,794||Irwin Kimmelman||Republican||116,205|
|John J. Giblin||Democrat||143,040||James E. Churchman, Jr.||Republican||112,995|
|Hutchins F. Inge||Democrat||135,959||William F. Tompkins||Republican||112,128|
|George C. Richardson||Independent||10,409|
|Kendrick O. Stephenson||Independent||5,970|
During Inge's tenure in the Senate from 1966 to 1968, he served as the chairman of the Senate Federal and Interstate Relations Committee. He was a supporter of measures to aid education, transportation, and housing.
In 1970 Inge married Dorothy E. Helme and moved to Osterville, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. He continued his medical practice at his residence there until his retirement in 1995. His wife died on December 25, 1996 at the age of 82. Inge died on March 28, 2002 at the age of 101 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he lived after his wife's death.
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