Library of Congress
CATTELL, Alexander Gilmore (1816-1894)

CATTELL, ALEXANDER GILMORE, a Senator from New Jersey; born in Salem, N.J., February 12, 1816; received an academic education; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Salem, N.J. until 1846; elected to the New Jersey general assembly in 1840, and served as clerk 1842-1844; member of the State constitutional convention in 1844; moved to Philadelphia in 1846 and engaged in business and banking; member of the Philadelphia Common Council 1848-1854; organized the Corn Exchange Bank and was president 1858-1871; moved to Merchantville, N.J., in 1863; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to succeed John P. Stockton, whose seat was declared vacant, and served from September 19, 1866, to March 3, 1871; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on the Library (Forty-first Congress); appointed by President Ulysses Grant a member of the first United States Civil Service Commission and served two years, resigning to accept the position of United States financial agent in London, serving in 1873 and 1874; member of New Jersey Board of Tax Assessors 1884-1891, and was president 1889-1891; appointed member of the State board of education in 1891 for a term of three years; died in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., April 8, 1894; interment in Colestown Cemetery, Delaware Township (now Cherry Hill), Camden County, N.J.

Glassboro State College
Savitz Library
Glassboro, NJ
Papers: 1 letter (September 25, 1866) to Charles Lanman sending corrected newspaper biographical article; and biographical article (September 19, 1866).

New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: Miscellaneous letters in various collections.

Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: 1873. 1 volume. Diary of his trip to London as the financial agent of the United States.

Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1869, no date. 3 letters.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 4 letters (1865-1866) in various collections. Finding aid.

  • Dictionary of American Biography.