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FORT, George Franklin, governor of New Jersey, born in Pemberton, New Jersey, in May 1809; died in New Egypt, Ocean County, New Jersey, 22 April 1872. He was educated in his native County, and was graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1830. He became a successful practitioner, and, while actively engaged, was elected to the assembly from Monmouth County. In 1844 he was a member of the State constitutional convention, and was subsequently elected to the state senate. In 1850 he was elected governor of New Jersey, serving two terms, till 1854, and was afterward a judge of the court of errors and appeals. He held other public offices, and was an active member of the prison reform committee. Princeton gave him the honorary degree of A. M. in 1847. He was the author of " Early History and Antiquities of Freemasonry" (Philadelphia, 1875).
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