Garret Augustus Hobart (June 3, 1844 – November 21, 1899) was the 24th Vice President of the United States and the sixth Vice President to die while in office.
He was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, to Sophia Vanderveer and Addison Willard Hobart, a descendant in the eighth generation of English emigrant to Massachusetts, Edmund Hobart (1573–1646), and grew up in Marlboro. He graduated at the top of his class from Rutgers College in 1863 and was a member of The Delta Phi Fraternity. He was admitted to the bar in 1866, and practiced in Paterson.
After service as clerk of a grand jury, Hobart was elected a judge in Paterson in 1868. In 1871, after his father-in-law became mayor, Hobart was appointed to the post of city counsel. Hobart served in the Paterson city council before serving in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1872 to 1876, serving as speaker in 1874. He was a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1876 to 1882, serving as its president in 1881. He represented Passaic County.
In addition, he served in various positions in the Republican Party: chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1880–91, and the New Jersey member of the Republican National Committee, 1884–96. He failed in his bid for the United States Senate in 1884.
Hobart was twice offered, but declined, the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 1892 and 1895.
Hobart was also a prominent and successful businessman and industrialist, who accumulated a large fortune. He had an interest in baseball and spent $4,000 on a ballpark in Paterson, working with Ed Barrow.
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