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Robert Clymer Hendrickson (August 12, 1898 – December 7, 1964) was a United States Senator from New Jersey.

Robert Clymer Hendrickson
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United States Ambassador to New Zealand
In office
February 16, 1955 – November 20, 1956
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byRobert M. Scotten
Succeeded byFrancis H. Russell
United States Ambassador to Samoa
In office
February 16, 1955 – November 20, 1956
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byRobert M. Scotten
Succeeded byFrancis H. Russell
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1955
Preceded byAlbert W. Hawkes
Succeeded byClifford P. Case
New Jersey State Treasurer
In office
1942–1949
GovernorCharles Edison
Walter Evans Edge
Alfred E. Driscoll
Preceded byAlbert Middleton
Succeeded byJohn J. Dickerson
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
1934-1940
Personal details
Born(1898-08-12)August 12, 1898
Woodbury, New Jersey
DiedDecember 7, 1964(1964-12-07) (aged 66)
Woodbury, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican

BiographyEdit

Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Hendrickson attended public schools and during the First World War enlisted in the United States Army in 1918 and served overseas. Since he left for war before his senior year of high school ended, Hendrickson received his Woodbury High School diploma while he was overseas in France. He graduated from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia (1922) and was admitted to the New Jersey bar, commencing practice in Woodbury. He held the office of county supervisor from 1929 to 1934, and was city solicitor of Woodbury in 1931. He was a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1934 to 1940, serving as president of the senate in 1939; he was an unsuccessful Republican nominee for governor in 1940. He served as state treasurer from 1942 to 1949 and was a member of the board of managers of the Council of State Governments in 1940, and was its chairman in 1941. He was vice chairman of the Commission on the Delaware River Basin from 1936 to 1951. He served on the New Jersey Constitutional Revision Commission.

During the Second World War he rejoined the Army in 1943, was commissioned a major, served with the American Military Government in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and was subsequently promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1944, being separated from the service in 1946. As a senior legal officer in the U.S. Army in North Africa, Italy, and Austria, he worked on the re-establishment of civil rights and local courts, the implementation of de-nazification programs, and the care of displaced persons. He was called back into active duty for the Korean War in 1951. In 1948, he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate, and served from January 3, 1949, to January 3, 1955; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1954. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Hendrickson to the post of United States Ambassador to New Zealand, which he held from February 16, 1955 to November 20, 1956. He was a resident of Woodbury until his death in 1964; his grave is in Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, New Jersey.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Robert C. Hendrickson (id: H000495)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Albert W. Hawkes
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
January 3, 1949 – January 2, 1955
Served alongside: Howard Alexander Smith
Succeeded by
Clifford P. Case
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles E. Loizeaux
President of the New Jersey Senate
1939
Succeeded by
Arthur F. Foran
Preceded by
Albert Middleton
Treasurer of New Jersey
1942–1949
Succeeded by
John J. Dickerson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lester H. Clee
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1940
Succeeded by
Walter Evans Edge
Preceded by
Albert W. Hawkes
Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 2) from New Jersey
1948
Succeeded by
Clifford P. Case
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert M. Scotten
United States Ambassador to New Zealand
February 16, 1955 – November 20, 1956
Succeeded by
Francis H. Russell
Preceded by
Robert M. Scotten
United States Ambassador to Samoa
February 16, 1955 – November 20, 1956
Succeeded by
Francis H. Russell