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John Lambert (politician)

John Lambert
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1815
Preceded byJohn Condit
Succeeded byJames J. Wilson
Acting Governor of New Jersey
In office
October 28, 1802 – October 29, 1803
Preceded byJoseph Bloomfield
as Governor
Succeeded byJoseph Bloomfield
as Governor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1809
Preceded byJames Mott
Succeeded byJames Cox
Personal details
Born(1746-02-24)February 24, 1746
Amwell Township, Province of New Jersey, British America
(located in modern Lambertville, New Jersey)
DiedFebruary 4, 1823(1823-02-04) (aged 76)
Lambertville, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

John Lambert (February 24, 1746 – February 4, 1823), was a New Jersey politician who served as a Representative, a U.S. Senator and as Acting Governor of New Jersey.

Born in Amwell Township in the Province of New Jersey (in what is today known as Lambertville, New Jersey), he pursued an academic course and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Lambert was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1780–1785, and in 1788. He was a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council from 1790–1804, and served as vice president from 1801 to 1804. Lambert was the Acting Governor of New Jersey in 1802 and 1803. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Ninth United States Congress and Tenth United States Congress, serving in office from March 4, 1805 to March 3, 1809. Lambert was elected to the United States Senate and served a single term, from March 4, 1809, to March 3, 1815. On June 17, 1812, he voted against war with Britain.

What is now the city of Lambertville was named in his honor in 1814 when the community's first post office was established.[1][2][3]

Lambert owned and managed a plantation. He died near Lambertville, and was interred in Barber's Burying Ground, Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.


  1. ^ The City of Lambertville, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Accessed August 21, 2007. "The City was named Lambertville in 1814 when the post office was established and honored the Honorable John Lambert, a local resident and United States Senator."
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Viola L. The Origin of New Jersey Place Names, New Jersey Public Library Commission, May 1945. Accessed September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry. The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States, p. 180. United States Government Printing Office, 1905. Accessed September 2, 2015.

External links

  • United States Congress. "John Lambert (id: L000036)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • New Jersey Governor John Lambert, National Governors Association
  • Find-A-Grave profile for John Lambert
  • Political Graveyard info for John Lambert
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Bloomfield
Acting Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Joseph Bloomfield
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Mott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1809
Succeeded by
James Cox
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Condit
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Aaron Kitchell, John Condit
Succeeded by
James J. Wilson