Rufus Blodgett

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Rufus Blodgett
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by William J. Sewell
Succeeded by James Smith, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1834-10-09)October 9, 1834
Dorchester, New Hampshire
Died October 3, 1910(1910-10-03) (aged 75)
Long Branch, New Jersey
Political party Democratic

Rufus Blodgett (October 9, 1834 – October 3, 1910) was a United States Senator from New Jersey and Superintendent of the New York & Long Branch Railroad for 25 years.[1][2]


Born in Dorchester, New Hampshire; attended the common schools and Wentworth Academy; learned the machinist's trade; moved to New Jersey in 1866 and settled in Long Branch, New Jersey; builder of railroad equipment; president of the Long Branch City Bank. He was a member of the New Jersey State Assembly from 1878 to 1879. He was superintendent of the New York & Long Branch Railroad 1884–1910; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1887, to March 4, 1893; was not a candidate for reelection; Mayor of Long Branch, New Jersey 1893–1898; engaged in the railroad business and in banking. He died in Long Branch, New Jersey on October 3, 1910 from hardening of the arteries.[1][2] He was buried in Village Cemetery, Wentworth, Grafton County, New Hampshire.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Blodgett Dead". Trenton True American. October 4, 1910. Retrieved 2010-10-20. About 46 years ago Rufus Blodgett came to New Jersey and sought employment in the New Jersey Southern Railroad Company, which still has a franchise along the coast. ... 
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Senator Blodgett Dead. Superintendent of New York & Long Branch Railroad for 25 Years". The New York Times. October 4, 1910. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
William J. Sewell
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: John R. McPherson
Succeeded by
James Smith, Jr.