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Joseph Bloomfield
Attorney General
1783-1792

     
  Joseph Bloomfield was born in Woodbridge, New Jersey on October 18, 1753. As a teenager, he attended the Reverend Enoch Green’s classical academy in Deerfield, Cumberland County. He studied law in Perth Amboy with Cortlandt Skinner, Attorney General of the province. Bloomfield was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1775 and began a law practice in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
 
  On February 9, 1776, he entered the Revolutionary Army as captain of the Third New Jersey Regiment. He attained the rank of major on November 28, 1776 and was appointed judge advocate of the Northern Army during the same month. Bloomfield resigned from the Revolutionary Army on October 28, 1778, when he was elected clerk of the New Jersey Assembly.  
  He was appointed Attorney General when William Patterson resigned in 1783. He was elected Attorney General in 1788, but resigned the office in 1792. In that year, he was elected by the Legislature as one of the presidential electors. In 1801, he was elected the fourth Governor of New Jersey. Bloomfield was again elected Governor in 1803 and served consecutive terms until 1812. In March 1812, he resigned the governorship to accept his nomination as brigadier general in the United States Army. He entered the War of 1812 where his main task was to supervise the training and organization of the defenses of New York and Pennsylvania. After the war, he was elected to the House of Representatives and served from 1817 until 1821.  
 
 
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