John Lambert (politician)

John Lambert (February 24, 1746 – February 4, 1823), was a New Jersey politician who served as a Representative, a U.S. Senator and as acting governor of New Jersey.

John Lambert
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1815
Preceded byJohn Condit
Succeeded byJames J. Wilson
Acting Governor of New Jersey
In office
October 28, 1802 – October 29, 1803
Preceded byJoseph Bloomfield
as Governor
Succeeded byJoseph Bloomfield
as Governor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1809
Preceded byJames Mott
Succeeded byJames Cox
Personal details
Born(1746-02-24)February 24, 1746
Amwell Township, Province of New Jersey, British America
(located in modern Lambertville, New Jersey)
DiedFebruary 4, 1823(1823-02-04) (aged 76)
Lambertville, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

Early lifeEdit

Born in Amwell Township in the Province of New Jersey (in what is today known as Lambertville, New Jersey), he pursued an academic course and engaged in agricultural pursuits.


Lambert was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1780–1785, and in 1788. He was a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council from 1790–1804, and served as vice president from 1801 to 1804. Lambert was the Acting Governor of New Jersey in 1802 and 1803, serving in 1802 due to a deadlocked vote in the gubernatorial election. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Ninth United States Congress and Tenth United States Congress, serving in office from March 4, 1805 to March 3, 1809. Lambert was elected to the United States Senate and served a single term, from March 4, 1809, to March 3, 1815. On June 17, 1812, he voted against war with Britain.

What is now the city of Lambertville, New Jersey was named in his honor in 1814 when the community's first post office was established.[1][2][3]

Lambert owned and managed a plantation. He was an avid reader, and was known for owning one of the most esteemed libraries in Hunterdon County,


Lambert died near Lambertville, and was interred in Barber's Burying Ground, Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.


  1. ^ The City of Lambertville, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Accessed August 21, 2007. "The City was named Lambertville in 1814 when the post office was established and honored the Honorable John Lambert, a local resident and United States Senator."
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Viola L. The Origin of New Jersey Place Names, New Jersey Public Library Commission, May 1945. Accessed September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry. The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States, p. 180. United States Government Printing Office, 1905. Accessed September 2, 2015.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "John Lambert (id: L000036)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • New Jersey Governor John Lambert, National Governors Association
  • Find-A-Grave profile for John Lambert
  • Political Graveyard info for John Lambert
Political offices
Preceded by Acting Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1809
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Aaron Kitchell, John Condit
Succeeded by