John Tonnele

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John Tonnele (1807 - November 26, 1852) was an American farmer and politician who was the first Roman Catholic member of the New Jersey Legislature.[1] Tonnele was born in New York City to John Tonnele (d. 1846), senior partner at New York wool merchant Tonnele & Hall, and his wife Rebecca (née Waterbury), daughter of General David How Waterbury, Jr. of Stamford, Connecticut. He relocated to New Jersey in 1835 and purchased a large tract of land near Hudson City.[2] He served three terms on the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1844, 1846 and 1847.[3] Tonnele represented Hudson County in the New Jersey Senate for one term from 1848 to 1849.[4] Tonnele died on November 26, 1852.

He is recalled in the namesake Tonnelle Avenue and Tonnele Circle.[5]


  1. ^ Shalhoub, Patrick (1995). Images of America: Jersey City. Arcadia Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7524-0255-0. 
  2. ^ "Obituary Notes" (PDF). The New York Times. June 10, 1901. p. 7. Retrieved November 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ Winfield, Charles (1874). History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey: from its earliest settlement to the present time. Kennard & Hay Stationery M'fg and Print. Co. pp. 344–345. 
  4. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of New Jersey. New Jersey State Legislature. 1849. p. 248. Retrieved December 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Miller, Jonathon (July 18, 2004). "ROAD AND RAIL; Lipstick On a Pig". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-27.