Rufus Blodgett

Rufus Blodgett
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1887  March 4, 1893
Preceded by William J. Sewell
Succeeded by James Smith, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1834-10-09)October 9, 1834
Dorchester, New Hampshire
Died October 3, 1910(1910-10-03) (aged 75)
Long Branch, New Jersey
Political party Democratic

Rufus Blodgett (October 9, 1834  October 3, 1910) was a United States Senator from New Jersey and Superintendent of the New York & Long Branch Railroad for 25 years.[1][2]


Born in Dorchester, New Hampshire; attended the common schools and Wentworth Academy; learned the machinist's trade; moved to New Jersey in 1866 and settled in Long Branch, New Jersey; builder of railroad equipment; president of the Long Branch City Bank. He was a member of the New Jersey State Assembly from 1878 to 1879. He was superintendent of the New York & Long Branch Railroad 18841910; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1887, to March 4, 1893; was not a candidate for reelection; Mayor of Long Branch, New Jersey 18931898; engaged in the railroad business and in banking. He died in Long Branch, New Jersey on October 3, 1910 from hardening of the arteries.[1][2] He was buried in Village Cemetery, Wentworth, Grafton County, New Hampshire.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "Blodgett Dead". Trenton True American. October 4, 1910. Retrieved 2010-10-20. About 46 years ago Rufus Blodgett came to New Jersey and sought employment in the New Jersey Southern Railroad Company, which still has a franchise along the coast. ...
  2. 1 2 "Ex-Senator Blodgett Dead. Superintendent of New York & Long Branch Railroad for 25 Years". The New York Times. October 4, 1910. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
United States Senate
Preceded by
William J. Sewell
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: John R. McPherson
Succeeded by
James Smith, Jr.
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