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VROOM, Peter Dumont, governor of New Jersey, born in Hillsborough township, New Jersey, 12 December, 1791; died in Trenton, New Jersey, 18 November, 1873. He was the son of Colonel Peter D. Vroom. a Revolutionary officer. He was graduated at Columbia in 1808, admitted to the bar in 1813, and practised in various counties of New Jersey. He was a member of the legislature in 1826-'9, and in the latter year was elected governor of New Jersey as a Jackson Democrat by joint ballot of the two houses, which was the method of election at that time. He was re-elected in 1830-'1 and 1833-'6, and in 1837 was appointed by President Van Buren a commissioner to adjust the claims of the Indians in Mississippi, was a member of congress in 1839-'41, having been chosen as a Democrat, and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1844. In 1852 he was a presidential elector, and in 1853-'7 was minister to Prussia. He was appointed reporter of the supreme court of New Jersey in 1865, and in 1868 was again a presidential elector. The degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Columbia in 1837 and by Princeton in 1850. He published "Reports of the Supreme Court of New Jersey" (6 vols., Trenton, 1866-'73).
His son, Peter Dulnont Vroom, soldier, born in Trenton, New Jersey, 18 April, 1842, was graduated at Rensselaer polytechnic institute, Troy, New York, in 1862. He served in the civil war, being wounded at South Mountain, was promoted major of the 2d New Jersey cavalry in 1863, and brevetted lieutenant-colonel and colonel of volunteers for meritorious services during the war. He became 1st lieutenant in the 3d United States cavalry in July, 1866.--Another son, Garret Dorset Wall, lawyer, born in Trenton, New Jersey, 17 December, 1843, was graduated at Rutgers in 1862, admitted to the bar in 1865, appointed district attorney in 1870, and reporter of the supreme court of New Jersey in 1873. He was elected mayor of Trenton in 1881, and reelected for the two succeeding terms. Mr. Vroom possesses one of the finest libraries in New Jersey, and is an authority on questions of national and state political history. He has published " Supreme Court Reports" (15 vols., Trenton, New Jersey, 1873-88).
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