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"New Jersey, jer'zee, one of the Atlantic states of the American Union, bounded N. and N.E. by New York, E. by New York and the Atlantic, S. by the Atlantic and Dela ware Bay, and W. by Delaware and Pennsylvania. From New York it is divided, in part, by the Hudson River, New York Bay, the Kill van Kull, Staten Island Sound, and Raritan Bay; and the Delaware River and Bay wash its entire western border. It extends 167 miles northwardly from lat. 38° 56' to 41° 21' N., and its extreme E, and W. points are respectively in W. lon. 73°54' and 75° 33'. Area, 7815 square miles...

The counties number 21, as follows: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

The principal cities and towns are Trenton, the capital (pop. in 1890, 57,458), Newark, the most populous town (181,830), Jersey City (163,003), Paterson (78,347), Cam den (58,313), Hoboken (43,648), Elizabeth (37,764), Bayonne (19,033), Orange (18,844), New Brunswick (18,603), Atlantic City (13,055), Passaic (13,028), Bridgeton (11,424), Plainfield (11,267), Union (10,643), Millville (10,002), Perth Amboy (9512), Phillipsburg (8644), Harrison (8338), Morristown (8156), Burlington (7264), Long Branch (7231), Rahway (7105), Gloucester (6564), Hackensack (6004), Salem (5516), besides other thriving villages and towns, such as South Amboy, Bordentown, Red Bank, Lambertville, Princeton, Woodbury, South Orange, Somerville, Wineland, Cape May, Freehold, Boonton, Washington, Flemington, Mount Holly, Keyport, Hackettstown, Belvidere, Haddonfield, Raritan, and Beverly. In the summer season many of the seaside resorts are populous places, and thriving suburbs are numerous in the vicinity of the larger cities..."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1776 - New Jersey adopted first state constitution; George Washington crossed Delaware River from Pennsylvania in surprise attack on British; Washington defeated British at Battle of Trenton webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm

  • 1776 - State laws in New Jersey allow women to vote.

    Stories from the Revolution,

  • 1787 - New Jersey became third U.S. state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm

  • 1790 - Trenton declared state capital; New Jersey first state to sign Bill of Rights webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm

  • 1807 - New Jersey restricts the right to vote to white men.

    Stories from the Revolution,

  • News 1854 - April 16 – The United States packet ship Powhattan is wrecked off the New Jersey shore with more than 200 + victims.
    April 16, 1854

  • 1858 - Dinosaur Fossil Found
    The first nearly complete dinosaur fossil is found in Haddonfield, New Jersery. resources/state-history-timeline/ new-jersey.html

  • News 1879 - December 31 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
    December 31, 1879

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    Dr. A. Boschee's German Syrup
    Made in Woodbury, New Jersey

    Boschee’s German Syrup was a common remedy for coughs, colds and consumption. It was most popular for its claim to "cure" consumption and any disease of the throat and lungs.... Read MORE...

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    Hotel Beechwood, Summit, New Jersey
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    Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey(1910)
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    West Main Ave., Passaic, New Jersey (1910)
  • News 1918 - October 4 - The T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion in New Jersey kills 100+ and destroys enough ammunition to supply the Western Front for 6 months.
    October 4, 1918

  • News 1923 - September 4 – In Lakehurst, New Jersey, the first American airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), takes to the sky for the first time.
    September 4, 1923

  • News 1926 - July 10 - A lightning bolt struck an ammunition magazine in northern New Jersey, and a big red ball of fire leaped into the air triggering a series of explosions.
    All buildings within a half mile radius were destroyed, and debris fell as far as twenty-two miles away. Sixteen persons were killed, and property dam...Read MORE...

  • News 1927 - November 12 - The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first vehicular tunnel under the Hudson River linking New Jersey with New York City.
    November 12, 1927

  • News 1931 - October 18 - Thomas Edison dies in West Orange, New Jersey, USA

    October 18, 1931

  • News 1933 - October 17 – Scientist Albert Einstein arrives in the United States where he settles permanently as a refugee from Nazi Germany and takes up a position at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
    October 17, 1933

  • News 1934 - September 8 – Off the New Jersey coast, a fire aboard the passenger liner S.S. Morro Castle kills 134 people.
    September 8, 1934

  • News 1935 - January 3 – The trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., begins in Flemington, New Jersey.
    January 3, 1935

  • 1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster:
    In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 36 passengers and 61 cre...Read MORE...

  • 1938 - Orson Welles produced War of the World radio broadcast resulting in widespread panic webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm

  • 1951 - New Jersey Turnpike opened webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ njtimeln.htm

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