PRICE, Rodman McCamley (1816-1894)

PRICE, RODMAN MCCAMLEY, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newton, Sussex County, N.J., May 5, 1816; attended the public schools of New York City and the Lawrenceville (N.J.) Academy; pursued classical studies in Princeton College, but did not graduate; studied law; was admitted to the bar; appointed purser in the Navy in 1840 and was stationed in San Francisco; during the Mexican War served as an officer of the Navy; prefect and alcalde of Monterey in 1846 and the first American to exercise judicial functions in California; naval agent 1848-1850; delegate to the first constitutional convention of California; returned to New Jersey; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; Governor of New Jersey 1854-1857; father of the public-school system of New Jersey; established a ferry from Weehawken to New York; engaged in the quarrying business and in the reclamation of lands along the Hackensack River; delegate to the peace convention held at Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Oakland, Bergen County, N.J., June 7, 1894; interment in Reformed Cemetery, Mahwah, N.J.

Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1842-1890. 256 items.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: March 19, 1890. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.


Rutgers University
Alexander Library Department of Special Collections and Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1838-1901. ca. 1 1/2 cubic feet.
Correspondence; personal and business financial papers, including some as U.S. Navy purser and some of the New Jersey Geological Survey; legal documents relating to estate of Francis Price; family and other papers. Letters indexed.


University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1843-1892. 2 boxes.
Correspondence, documents, and accounts, chiefly relating to his property in San Francisco. Key to arrangement in library.