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Robert Gilchrist
Attorney General
1870-1875

     
  Robert Gilchrist was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 21, 1825. He was educated in private schools, studied law, and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1847. Gilchrist was regarded as one of the leading lawyers of the state and was well versed in constitutional law. He served in the New Jersey Assembly in 1857. He served as a Captain in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment at the first call for troops in 1861. In 1866, Gilchrist was the Democratic candidate for Congress in the Fifth District, but was unsuccessful.
 
  Gilchrist was nominated by Governor Theodore Randolph as state Attorney General in 1869. In January 1870, he was reappointed Attorney General for a full five-year term. As Attorney General, Gilchrist advocated the public interest with great success. In 1873, Governor Joel Parker appointed Gilchrist to a commission assigned to revise the New Jersey Constitution. Gilchrist retired from the position of Attorney General in 1875.
 
 
 
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