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John Potter Stockton (August 2, 1826 – January 22, 1900) was a New Jersey politician who served in the United States Senate as a Democrat. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Stockton was the son of Robert F. Stockton, grandson of Richard Stockton (1764-1828) and the great-grandson of Richard Stockton (1730-1781), both prominent New Jersey politicians. He graduated from Princeton University, then known as the College of New Jersey, where he studied law. Stockton's first foray into politics was as US Minister to the Papal States (1858–1861). After returning to New Jersey to practice law for four years, he was elected to the Senate. On March 27, 1866, the Senate voted 23 to 20 that Stockton's election had been improper and he was not eligible for a seat in the Senate. Some of the senators who voted for Stockton's removal, including Charles Sumner and William P. Fessenden, were thought to be motivated by a desire to ensure the Senate would be able to override President Johnson's vetoes.[1] He returned to the Senate, this time for a full six-year term, in 1869. Stockton served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1877 to 1897. Stockton died in New York City in 1900 at the age of 73. He was interred in Princeton Cemetery, in the Princeton, New Jersey. References[edit]

United States Congress. "John Potter Stockton (id: S000939)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.  John Potter Stockton at The Political Graveyard

^ "The Election Case of John P. Stockton of New Jersey (1866)". United States Senate. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 

External links[edit]

John Potter Stockton at Find a Grave

U.S. Senate

Preceded by John C. Ten Eyck U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey 1865–1866 Served alongside: William Wright Succeeded by Alexander G. Cattell

Preceded by Frederick T. Frelinghuysen U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey 1869–1875 Served alongside: Alexander G. Cattell, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen Succeeded by Theodore F. Randolph

Legal offices

Preceded by Jacob Vanatta New Jersey Attorney General 1877–1897 Succeeded by Samuel H. Grey

Diplomatic posts

Preceded by Lewis Cass, Jr. United States Ambassador (as Minister Resident) to the Papal States 1858–1861 Succeeded by Alexander Randall

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United States Senators from New Jersey

Class 1

Elmer Rutherfurd Davenport Schureman Ogden Condit Lambert Wilson Southard McIlvaine Bateman Dickerson Southard W. Dayton R. F. Stockton Thomson Field J. Wall Wright F. T. Frelinghuysen J. Stockton Randolph Sewell Blodgett J. Smith J. Kean Martine J. Frelinghuysen Edwards H. Kean Moore Milton Barbour Walsh A. Smith Williams Brady Lautenberg Corzine Menendez

Class 2

Paterson Dickinson F. Frelinghuysen R. Stockton J. Dayton Kitchell Condit Dickerson T. Frelinghuysen G. Wall Miller Wright Ten Eyck J. Stockton Cattell F. T. Frelinghuysen McPherson Sewell Dryden Briggs Hughes Baird Edge Baird Jr. Morrow Barbour Smathers Hawkes Hendrickson Case Bradley Torricelli Lautenberg Chiesa Booker

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 65493445 LCCN: n86114711 US Congress: S000

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