John Henry Heyer

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John Henry Heyer (March 9, 1831[1] – May 6, 1905) was an American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey, who served on the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Of Dutch descent, Heyer was born in Freehold Township; at the age of seventeen his family moved to Holmdel Township, where he resided.[2] He worked as a blacksmith, a wheelwright and operated a grist mill before going into the flour and feed business in Holmdel.[3]

In 1868 Heyer was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders representing Holmdel and served until 1873. In 1880 he returned to the board and served until 1900. At the May 11, 1887 annual reorganization, he was chosen as Director, succeeding Theodore Fields. He served as Director until 1898, when he was succeeded by John Guire.

Heyer fought in the American Civil War and was captain of Company G of the 29th Regiment. He took part in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and the Battle of the Wilderness.

John Henry Heyer died of kidney disease on May 6, 1905, and is buried in Holmdel Cemetery.[4]

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  1. ^ Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, 1896, Biographical Publishing Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
  2. ^ Staff. "NOMINATIONS IN NEW-JERSEY.; A BOLT IN THE THIRD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.", The New York Times, October 6, 1891. Accessed March 15, 2011. "The Third Assembly District Democratic Convention was held in the Globe Hotel this afternoon. There was a red-hot time, and John Henry Heyer of Holmdel secured the regular nomination."
  3. ^ Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, 1896, Biographical Publishing Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
  4. ^ Obituary, Red Bank Register, May 10, 1905
Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore Fields
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
1887-1898
Succeeded by
John Guire