Governor New Jersey Supreme Court Justice President Wilson Dipl Document Signed!

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Seller: americana64 (8,241) 100%, Location: Eatontown, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 302942534884 JOHN FRANKLIN FORT (1852-1920) 33rd GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY 1908-11, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NJ, & PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON'S ADVISOR, CONFIDANT AND STATESMAN! In 1912, Fort supported Theodore Roosevelt for President and became Chairman of New Jersey's Progressive Committee. But it was his personal relationship with Woodrow Wilson that kept him in public service. He served as special envoy to Santo Domingo, Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1914 and 1915. In these capacities he investigated, the financial and political difficulties that troubled these nations In March 1917, Wilson appointed him Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, where he served until failing health forced him to resign in 1919. HERE'S A DOCUMENT SIGNED BY FORT AS JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT – THE DOCUMENT IS PART OF A GROUP OF SIX (6) SUPREME COURT LEGAL DOCUMENTS FROM 1904 RELATING TO THE CASE OF THE “SECOND NATIONAL BANK OF RED BANK vs. WILLIAM J. LEONARD & THOMAS P. McKENNA” (BOTH LEONARD and McKENNA WERE PROMINENT MONMOUTH COUNTY NJ LAWYERS. W. J. LEONARD HAILED FROM THE ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS (FORMERLY “LEONARDSVILLE”) and WAS ALSO EDITOR OF THE “MONMOUTH PRESS” NEWSPAPER). T. P. McKENNA CAME FROM LONG BRANCH, NJ. IN ADDITION TO THE DOCUMENT BOLDLY SIGNED BY FORT, THERE ARE DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY McKENNA and LEONARD, AS WELL AS PROMINENT RED BANK ATTORNEY and STATE SENATOR, JOHN S. APPLEGATE! SEE BIOGRAPHIES BELOW… THE DOCUMENT ARCHIVE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, CONSISTING OF 6 DOCUMENTS. THE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY FORT APPEARS TO BE THE SIGNATURE PAGE OF A LARGER DOCUMENT. A RARE ADDITION TO ANY POLITICAL AUTOGRAPH & MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION! A GREAT PIECE OF NEW JERSEY POLITICAL/JUDICIAL AND BANKING HISTORY! PROVENANCE: THIS LETTER CAME FROM AN ARCHIVE OF LETTERS/DOCUMENTS FROM THE LAW OFFICE ESTATE OF NOTED 19th CENTURY NJ LAWYER & NJ TATE SENATOR JOHN STILLWELL APPLEGATE. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH of the HONORABLE JOHN FRANKLIN FORT John Franklin Fort (1852-1920) — of East Orange, Essex County, NJ was born March 20, 1852 in Pemberton, NJ, was descended from an old New Jersey family with a tradition of public Service. His uncle George F. Fort had been the Democratic Governor of New Jersey from 1851 to 1854. Young Fort attended Private Schools in Burlington County NJ, graduated from Pennington Seminary in 1869, and from Albany Law School in 1872. After his admission to the bar in 1873 he moved to Newark, where his maternal grandfather had been an influential Essex County Republican. Bright, articulate, and well connected, Fort rose rapidly in the legal profession and in Republican politics. In 1878, Governor George B. McClellan (former Civil War Major General), appointed Fort Judge of the First District Court of Newark, and was ultimately appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1900. As a young attorney he campaigned actively for Ulysses S. Grant in 1872 and became a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884. In 1895, he became Chairman of the Republican State Convention and in the following year at the National Convention he delivered the nominating speech for New Jersey's favorite son, Garret A. Hobart, for Vice President of the United States. An established party regular with progressive inclinations, Fort was nominated for Governor in 1907 when the revolt of the progressive New Idea faction threatened to tear the Republicans apart. His opponent, Trenton Mayor Frank S. Katzenbach, was a progressive Democrat who, like Fort, had come out in favor of the direct primary, the creation of a public utilities commission, and civil service refrom. The only difference between the candidates lay in Fort's lukewarm support of the so-called "Bishops' Law" - the controversial act of 1906 that provided for state prosecution of Sunday liquor sales. Fort won the election by a scant 8,000 votes and later attributed his narrow victory to his support of the Bishops' Law. In his inaugural address, Fort outlined an ambitious program of progressive legislation but was frustrated at every turn by conservatives in both parties and by liberals who were unwilling to accept token reform. During his administration the Republican legislature failed to create a public utilities commission or to enact civil service and primary election reform. Yet Fort's warm support of these and other measures and the legislative battles themselves generated public support for reform and laid the groundwork for the more productive Wilson Administration that followed. As governor, he participated in the first radio broadcast in New Jersey in 1908. He established the Department of Education in 1910; greatly improved road and highway systems; and turned the state deficit into a one million dollar balance. In 1912, Fort supported Theodore Roosevelt for President and became Chairman of New Jersey's Progressive Committee. But it was his personal relationship with Woodrow Wilson that kept him in public service. He served as special envoy to Santo Domingo, Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1914 and 1915. In these capacities he investigated, the financial and political difficulties that troubled these nations In March 1917, Wilson appointed him Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, where he served until failing health forced him to resign in 1919. After a prolonged illness John Franklin Fort died in his South Orange home at the age of 68, on November 17, 1920. He left a legacy of moral rectitude, honesty and hard work. During a period in New Jersey history when corruption and an arrogant disregard of the commonwealth characterized State government. His dilemma, however, was simply that he could not be all things to all people. Late in life he was fond of characterizing his term as governor by telling the story of a little girl who returned from school to ask her mother the difference between hope and expectation. "Well," said he mother, "I hope to meet your father in heaven, but I do not expect to." Bibliography: Records of Governor John F. Fort, New Jersey State Library, Bureau of Archives and History, Trenton, NJ. Noble, Ransom. "New Jersey Progressivism before Wilson." Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1946. Sackett, William E. "Modern Battles of Trenton from Wertz to Wilson." New York: J. L. Murphy, 1914. Stellhorn, Paul A., and Michael J. Birkner, eds. The Governors of New Jersey, 1664-1974: Biographical Essays. Trenton: New Jersey Hisotrical Commission, 1982 When John Franklin Fort was born in 1852, his uncle, Dr. George F. Fort was governor of New Jersey. Fort was named to the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1900. A Republican, he was elected in 1907 to be governor, defeating Democrat Frank S. Katzenback and served one term. Fort was the fifth consecutive one-term Republican governors. In 1912, Fort was a member of the Republican National Convention in Chicago that nominated President William Taft to run again. Taft lost to Woodrow Wilson that year. President Wilson named Fort to represent the United States on missions to the Caribbean Republics. He was also appointed to the Federal Trade Commission. >>:: Modified Item: No, Original/Reproduction: Original, Signed by: John F Fort/Gov Sup Ct Justice NJ/Pres Wilson Advr, President: Woodrow Wilson, Autograph Authentication: Guaranteed Authentic, Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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