Chatham Township, New Jersey

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Chatham Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population was 10,086.

Chatham Township was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 12, 1806, from portions of Hanover Township and Morris Township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 10, 1806. At the time Chatham Township was created it was to govern the villages of Chatham, Florham Park, Green Village, Madison (Bottle Hill) and the extensive rural areas surrounding these villages.

A community settled in the early 18th century as Bottle Hill and located in Morris Township when the area was within the English Province of New Jersey, after being governed by Chatham Township was enlarged with portions of the township on December 27, 1889, separated from the township, and renamed Madison.

The village, John Day's Bridge, that had been settled in 1710, adopted the name of Chatham in 1773 when New Jersey was an English province. On August 19, 1892, Chatham, which, like Madison, also had been settled in the early 18th century within Morris Township and was an active community in the revolution, adopted the village form of government under the American state of New Jersey and formally separated as a borough on March 1, 1897 when that form of government became available.

Florham Park was formed from portions of the township on March 9, 1899.

Most of Green Village never withdrew from the township governmental boundaries.[6]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Chatham Township as the 9th best place to live in New Jersey in its 2005 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[7]


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