Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr.

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Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, Sr.
Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen Sr.jpg
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1923
Preceded by James E. Martine
Succeeded by Edward I. Edwards
Personal details
Born (1869-03-12)March 12, 1869
Raritan, New Jersey
Died February 8, 1948(1948-02-08) (aged 78)
Tucson, Arizona
Resting place Saint Bernards Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Emily Macy Brewster
Children Victoria Frelinghuysen Bates (1907–2002)
Emily Frelinghuysen McFarland
Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr. (1912–2005)
Parents Frederick Frelinghuysen
Victoria Sherman

Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr. (March 12, 1869 – February 8, 1948) represented New Jersey as a Republican in the United States Senate from 1917 to 1923.


He was born in Raritan, New Jersey, on March 12, 1869. He comes from a historic New Jersey political family, he is a cousin of current congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. He married Emily Macy Brewster, and had two daughters: Victoria Frelinghuysen who married John Grenville Bates, Jr.and Emily Frelinghuysen who married Edward Bilkey and Ross McFarland; and a son Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr.[1]

After fighting in the Spanish–American War and starting an insurance business, Frelinghuysen was elected to the state Senate in 1905 and became president of that body in 1909. He held several state-wide offices before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1916. He was New Jersey's first directly elected senator following ratification of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding signed the Knox–Porter Resolution, officially ending America's involvement in World War I at the estate of Frelinghuysen in Raritan, New Jersey.[2] The President stayed on the estate until at least July 4.[3] After a failed reelection bid in 1922, Frelinghuysen returned to the insurance business. He died on February 8, 1948 in Tucson, Arizona, and was interred at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Bernardsville, New Jersey.


Memorial plaque marking Frelinghuysen estate site and signing of the Knox–Porter resolution on July 2, 1921.

A memorial plaque was placed on the estate grounds commemorating the Knox–Porter Resolution officially ending America's involvement in World War I. Today the estate is long gone and suburban sprawl has replaced it with mini-malls. The marker remains in a patch of grass near a Burger King parking lot along Route 28, just north of the Somerville traffic circle.[2]


  1. ^ "Married". Time. September 17, 1928. Retrieved May 14, 2007. Victoria Frelinghuysen, daughter of onetime Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen of Manhattan and Far Hills, N. J., whose family has included four Senators, whose great-great-grandfather served on Washington's staff and was a member of the Continental Congress; to John Grenville Bates Jr., member New York Stock Exchange; in Bernardsville, N. J. 
  2. ^ a b "Historic Sites". Somerset County Business Partnership. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding, visiting the estate of his friend, Sen. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, in Raritan, finished his golf game, returned to the mansion, and signed the Knox–Porter Resolution, officially ending World War I. 
  3. ^ "Spends Afternoon Reading Newspapers on Senator Frelinghuysen's Front Porch.". New York Times. July 4, 1921. Retrieved July 1, 2008. President Harding attended church today and with the exception of a short automobile ride with Mrs. Harding through the hills of Somerset County, spent the rest of the day at " The Hill," home of Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
James E. Martine
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
Edward I. Edwards
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel K. Robbins
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Ackerman
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Kean
Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey
1916, 1922
Succeeded by
Hamilton F. Kean