Albert W. Hawkes

Albert Wahl Hawkes
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
January 3, 1943  January 3, 1949
Preceded by William H. Smathers
Succeeded by Robert C. Hendrickson
Personal details
Born (1878-11-20)November 20, 1878
Chicago, Illinois
Died May 9, 1971(1971-05-09) (aged 92)
Palm Desert, California
Political party Republican

Albert Wahl Hawkes (November 20, 1878  May 9, 1971) was a United States Senator from New Jersey.


He was born in Chicago on November 20, 1878. He attended the public schools and graduated from Chicago College of Law in 1900, gaining admission to the bar the same year. He studied chemistry at Lewis Institute (now the Illinois Institute of Technology) for two years and engaged in the chemical business.


During the First World War served as director of the Chemical Alliance in Washington, D.C. (1917–1918); he later became president of Congoleum-Nairn, Inc., at Kearny, New Jersey (1927–1942), becoming chairman of the board in 1937. He was president and director of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in 1941 and 1942, and was a member of the Newark Labor Board and later appointed to the Board to Maintain Industrial Peace in New Jersey 1941-1942. He was a member of the National War Labor Board, Washington, D.C., in 1942.


In 1942, he was elected in New Jersey as a Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from January 3, 1943, to January 3, 1949; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1948, and resumed former business activities in Montclair, New Jersey until 1961, when he moved to Pasadena, California.

He was a trustee of the Freedoms Foundation, where the Hawkes Library (in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania) was named after him. He died on May 9, 1971 in Palm Desert, California. He was interred in Mount Hebron Cemetery, in Montclair, New Jersey.[1]

His daughter in law, Jane White Hawkes, was the second wife of the late Alistair Cooke, the British-American journalist who was host of Masterpiece Theatre.


  1. "Albert Hawkes, Ex-senator, Dies. Jersey Republican Served From 1943 To 1949". New York Times. May 10, 1971. Retrieved 2010-03-30. Mr. Hawkes will be buried in Upper Montclair, N.J. ... A Masonic service will be held Friday in Montclair. Earned Law Degree at 21 ...

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United States Senate
Preceded by
William H. Smathers
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: W. Warren Barbour, Arthur Walsh, Howard Smith
Succeeded by
Robert C. Hendrickson
Party political offices
Preceded by
W. Warren Barbour
Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 2) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
Robert C. Hendrickson

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