DRYDEN, John Fairfield, a Senator from New Jersey; born in Temple, Franklin County, Maine, August 7, 1839; moved to Massachusetts in 1846 with his parents, who settled in Worcester; attended Yale College; founded the Prudential Insurance Co. of America in Newark, N.J., in 1875, becoming its first secretary and in 1881 its president, and served in the latter position until 1911; one of the founders of the Fidelity Trust Co.; involved in the establishment and management of various street railways, banks, and other financial enterprises in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William J. Sewell and served from January 29, 1902, to March 3, 1907; was a candidate for reelection, but withdrew because of a deadlock in the legislature; chairman, Committee on Relations with Canada (Fifty-seventh Congress), Committee on Enrolled Bills (Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses); resumed his former business pursuits; died in Newark, N.J., November 24, 1911; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Father: John DRYDEN b: BET 1804 AND 1805 in Massachusetts
Mother: Elizabeth BUTTERFIELD b: BET 1809 AND 1810 in Farmington, Franklin Co., ME
Marriage 1 Cynthia Jennings FAIRCHILD b: 7 JUN 1842 in Newtown, Fairfield Co., CT
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