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Thomas N. McCarter
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  Thomas N. McCarter was born in Newark on October 20, 1867. He attended the Newark Academy and Dr. Pingry’s School in Elizabeth. He graduated from Princeton University in 1888 and studied law at Columbia Law School. He was a member of the firm of McCarter, Williamson & McCarter from 1891 through 1899, when he left to begin his own practice. On September 1, 1900, he formed the firm of McCarter & Adams, which consisted of himself and Edwin G. Adams. On January 1, 1902 he ended his partnership with Adams and withdrew from the general practice of law to accept the position of general counsel for the Fidelity Trust Company of Newark.  
  From April 1, 1896 to April 1, 1899, he was Judge of the First District Court of Newark. He resigned from this position with two years yet to serve. In 1899 he was elected to the State Senate from Essex county. During his term, he served as chairman of several of the Senate’s most important committees. On March 17, 1902 he was nominated by Governor Franklin Murphy and immediately confirmed as state Attorney General for a five-year term, succeeding the Honorable Samuel H. Grey. In 1903, he resigned to become president of the Public Service Corporation of New Jersey.
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