Charles Sitgreaves

Charles Sitgreaves (April 22, 1803, Easton, Pennsylvania – March 17, 1878, Phillipsburg, New Jersey) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district for two terms from 1865 to 1869.

Charles Sitgreaves
Mathew Brady Collection, Library of Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byWilliam G. Steele
Succeeded byJohn T. Bird
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
BornApril 22, 1803
Easton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 1878(1878-03-17) (aged 74)
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Early life and educationEdit

Sitgreaves was born in Easton, Pennsylvania on April 22, 1803, and moved with his parents to New Jersey in 1806. He pursued classical studies. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1824 and commenced practice in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.


He was member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1831–1833 and the New Jersey Legislative Council from 1834-1835. He was a major commandant in the New Jersey militia from 1828–1838, and served in the New Jersey Senate from 1851-1854. He was president of the Belvidere and Delaware River Railway. Sitgreaves served as the Mayor of Phillipsburg, New Jersey in 1861 and 1862, and was president of the National Bank of Phillipsburg from 1856 to 1878.


Sitgreaves was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth Congress and Fortieth Congress, and served in office from March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869, and was not a candidate for renomination in 1868.

Later career and deathEdit

After leaving Congress, he engaged in banking and railroading. He died in Phillipsburg on March 17, 1878, and was interred in Seventh Street Cemetery in Easton.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Charles Sitgreaves (id: S000458)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Charles Sitgreaves at The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
Succeeded by