Lorenzo W. Elder

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Lorenzo Welton Elder
6th Mayor of Hoboken
In office
April 1863 – April 1864
Preceded by John R. Johnston
Succeeded by Charles T. Perry
Personal details
Born April 15, 1820
Guilford, New York
Died May 11, 1892
Hoboken, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Hall Craige
Residence Hoboken, New Jersey

Lorenzo Welton Elder, M.D. (April 15, 1820 - May 11, 1892) was an American physician and politician who served as the sixth mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey from 1863 to 1864 during the American Civil War.[1][2] It was through his efforts that the Hudson County Board of Health was established.[3] He was president of the Hudson County Pathology Society and was deputy adjutant-general on the staff of Governor Rodman McCamley Price. He was the local medical examiner of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company of Newark, New Jersey, and of the New York Life Insurance Company. He was three times elected as the tax commissioner for Hoboken.[1][4]


Elder was born in Guilford, New York on April 15, 1820. He attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 1847.[1][5]

From 1851 to 1861 he was the brigade surgeon for the New Jersey Army National Guard. In 1853 he married Helen Hall Craig of Philadelphia.[1][4] In 1853 he was the "commissioner for taking the acknowledgment and proof of deeds" for Hoboken.[6] From 1859 to 1863 he was the superintendent of the Hoboken Public Schools. From 1870 to 1872 he was an attending physician at the Hudson County Hospital and was the health commissioner and president of the board of health and vital statistics for Hudson County, New Jersey.[1][4]

He died on May 11, 1892 in Hoboken, New Jersey.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Atkinson, William Biddle (1878). "Lorenzo W. Elder". The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States. C. Robson. p. 356. Lorenzo W. Elder, Hoboken, N. J., was born in Guilford, Chenango co., N. Y., April 15th, 1820. He was educated at the Guilford district school, and studied medicine at the coll. of phys. and surg. of New York city, graduating in 1847. ... 
  2. ^ Winfield, Charles (1874). History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey: from its earliest settlement to the present time. New York, NY: Kennard & Hay Stationery M'fg and Print. Co. p. 319. 
  3. ^ a b "Recent Deaths". Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Massachusetts Medical Society. 126: 512. 1892. Retrieved December 5, 2010. Lorenzo W. Elder, M.D., died in Hoboken, May 11th, aged seventy-two years. He had been Brigade-surgeon of the State Militia and Mayor of the City, and it was largely through his efforts that the County Board of Health was established. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Lorenzo Welton Elder, M.D.". Transactions of the Medical Society of New Jersey. Medical Society of New Jersey: 177. 1893. Retrieved 2015-02-18. Dr. Elder was born in Guilford, Chenango County, New York, in 1820. His educational advantages were obtained at the District School in Guilford, after which he chose medicine as a profession, and entering the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, graduated from that institution in 1847. ... 
  5. ^ "Lorenzo Welton Elder". Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  6. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of New Jersey. New Jersey Senate. 1853. p. 749.