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Alexander G. Cattell

Born: Feb 12, 1816

Death: Apr 8, 1894

Birthplace: Salem

Nationality: United States

Alexander G. Cattell

Date of Birth : Feb 12, 1816
Date of Death : Apr 8, 1894
Birth Place : Salem

Alexander Gilmore Cattell was a United States Senator from New Jersey. Born in Salem, New Jersey, he received an academic education, and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Salem until 1846. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1840, and served as clerk from 1842-1844. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1844 and moved to Philadelphia in 1846, where he engaged in business and banking. He was a member of the Philadelphia Common Council from 1848 to 1854, organized the Corn Exchange Bank, and was its president from 1858 to 1871. He moved to Merchantville, New Jersey in 1863 and was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to succeed John P. Stockton, whose seat was declared vacant, and served from September 19, 1866, to March 4, 1871. He was not a candidate for reelection. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on the Library. Cattell was appointed by President Ulysses Grant to be a member of the first United States Civil Service Commission and served two years, resigning to accept the position of United States financial agent in London, serving in 1873 and 1874.

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