Dowling Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I340231
  • Name: John Fairfield DRYDEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 AUG 1839 in Temple, Franklin Co., ME
  • Event: Fact 1875 Founded Prudential Insurance Co. of America
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from New Jersey BET 29 JAN 1902 AND 4 MAR 1907
  • Death: 24 NOV 1911 in Newark, Essex Co., NJ
  • Title: Sen.
  • Event: Pic Sen. John Fairfield Dryden
  • Note:
    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.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    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
    • Married: 7 APR 1864 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
    1. Has Children Forest Fairchild DRYDEN b: 26 DEC 1864 in Cuyahoga Co., OH
    2. Has Children Susan Fairfield DRYDEN b: 27 MAR 1870 in New York
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