Edwin B. Forsythe

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Edwin Bell Forsythe (January 17, 1916 – March 29, 1984) was an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey who represented parts of Burlington, Ocean, and Camden Counties in the United States House of Representatives from 1970 until his death from lung cancer in 1984.

Edwin Bell Forsythe
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey
In office
November 3, 1970 – March 29, 1984
Preceded byWilliam T. Cahill
Succeeded byJim Saxton
Constituency6th district (1970–1983)
13th district (1983–1984)
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
January 14, 1964 – November 16, 1970
Preceded byHenry S. Haines
Succeeded byWalter L. Smith Jr.
ConstituencyBurlington County (1964–1966)
District 4B (1966–1970)
Mayor of Moorestown Township, New Jersey
In office
Preceded byWilliam J. Hall, Jr.
Succeeded byAlbert Ellis
Personal details
Born(1916-01-17)January 17, 1916
Westtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 29, 1984(1984-03-29) (aged 68)
Moorestown, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican


Forsythe was born in Westtown, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1916, and attended the local public schools. He served as secretary on the Moorestown Township, New Jersey Board of Adjustment from 1948 to 1952, was a member of the Moorestown Committee from 1953 to 1962, serving as Mayor of Moorestown, New Jersey from 1957 to 1962, and was chairman of the Moorestown Planning Board from 1962 to 1963. He was a member of the executive board of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities from 1958 to 1962. Forsythe was elected to the New Jersey Senate, where he served from 1964 to 1970. He was a delegate to the New Jersey Constitutional convention in 1966 and selected as a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.

Forsythe was elected simultaneously as a Republican to the 91st and to the 92nd Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative William T. Cahill to become Governor of New Jersey, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (November 3, 1970 – March 29, 1984). Forsythe represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district until 1983. In redistricting following the 1980 United States Census, Forsythe was shifted to New Jersey's 13th congressional district, where he was elected for a single term in office.

Forsythe died at the age of 68 at his home in Moorestown Township on March 29, 1984, due to lung cancer.[1] His remains were cremated and his ashes interred at Union Street Friends Cemetery, Medford, New Jersey.


The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is named in his honor.

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  1. ^ Walter H. Waggoner (March 30, 1984). "Edwin Forsythe, Congressman, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-01. Representative Edwin B. Forsythe, a New Jersey Republican who served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, died of lung cancer yesterday at his home in Moorestown, N.J. He was 68 years old.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William T. Cahill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bernard J. Dwyer
Preceded by
Jim Courter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jim Saxton
Political offices
Preceded by
Sido L. Ridolfi
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Frank X. McDermott