Thomas Lynch Raymond

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Thomas Lynch Raymond, Jr.
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29th Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
In office
Preceded by Frederick C. Breidenbach
Succeeded by Jerome T. Congleton
25th Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
In office
Preceded by Jacob Haussling
Succeeded by Charles P. Gillen
Personal details
Born (1875-04-07)April 7, 1875
East Orange, New Jersey
Died October 4, 1928(1928-10-04) (aged 53)
Newark, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Gummere
Alma mater New York University (LLB)
Profession Mayor, Newark, New Jersey
Religion Episcopalian

Thomas Lynch Raymond, Jr. (April 26, 1875 – October 4, 1928) served two non-consecutive terms as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 1915 to 1917 and again from 1925 to 1928.


Thomas Lynch Raymond, Jr. was born on April 26, 1875 in East Orange, New Jersey to Thomas Lynch Raymond and Eugenia A. Raymond née Launitz. Launitz was the daughter of sculptor Robert Eberhard Launitz. Raymond's father was the President of Produce National Bank in New York. Thomas L. Raymond, Jr. began his schooling at the East Orange Public School System and then went to boarding school at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. Raymond then went to Newark Academy in Downtown Newark followed by New York University for his law degree.[1] Due to a technicality, however, he did not receive his Bachelor of Laws degree until the commencement ceremony in 1915 when he was already mayor of Newark.[2]

Raymond passed the New Jersey bar exam in November 1896. He began a partnership with Andrew Van Blarcom. In 1908, Judge Worrall F. Mountain and Theodore McCurdy Marsh became partners in their firm. On Thursday, April 23, 1903 Raymond married Elizabeth Gummere, daughter of Chief Justice William S. Gummere.[3] In 1904, Raymond was appointed Judge of the First District Court of New Jersey by Governor Franklin Murphy. In 1908, Raymond became First Assistant Prosecutor of Essex County. In this year, he also ran for State Senate against Everett Colby.[1] Raymond lost by 1300 votes and Newark was the only municipality of the twenty in the county, which he won.

Raymond Plaza

During his first term as mayor of Newark, the Newark Meadows were filled in to construct the beginnings of Port Newark.[4] In 1920, Raymond ran in the Gubernatorial primary and lost. In 1925, Thomas L. Raymond began his second term as mayor of Newark. In 1927, he announced his potential candidacy for the nomination of Governor (for 1929) and in 1928 a possible run for US Senate before his untimely death. Other offices Raymond held during his life included Supreme Court Commissioner, District Court Judge, Special Master in Chancery and Prosecutor of Essex County. Raymond died at 1 AM on October 4, 1928 in his Kinney Street house in Newark, after suffering from a cold and high blood pressure.[5]


  • Raymond, Thomas Lynch. "Stephen Crane". Carteret: The Carteret Book Club, 1923.
  • Raymond, Thomas Lynch. "Events which led to the development of the literature of the middle ages". Newark: Newark Public Library, 1926.


  1. ^ a b Urquhart, Frank John. "A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey: embracing practically two and a half centuries, 1666-1913, Volume 3". New York: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1913. Pg 319.
  2. ^ "New York University to Confer Many Honors at Commencement" New York Times. June 9, 1915
  3. ^ Justice Gummere's Daughter to Be Married, The New York Times, April 6, 1903. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  4. ^ "A Greater Newark in Reclaimed Land". The New York Times. October 21, 1915
  5. ^ "T.L. Raymond, Mayor of Newark Dies" New York Times, October 7, 1928
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick C. Breidenbach
Mayor of Newark
Succeeded by
Jerome T. Congleton
Preceded by
Jacob Haussling
Mayor of Newark
Succeeded by
Charles P. Gillen