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John P. Stockton
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  John P. Stockton was born in Princeton, New Jersey on August 2, 1826. He graduated from Nassau Hall in 1843. He studied law with Judge Richard S. Field. Stockton was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in April 1847 and practiced his profession in Princeton until 1857.
  In 1858 he was appointed Minister to Rome by President Buchanan and returned home in 1861. In 1865 he was elected U.S. Senator, but his election was held invalid and he resumed his practice in Trenton. In 1868, he was again elected to the U.S. Senate by the Democratic Legislature as successor to Frederick T. Frelinghuysen. He occupied that position until 1875, when he returned to Trenton. Stockton was appointed New Jersey Attorney General on April 8, 1877 and filled that office for four consecutive terms. When his fourth term ended, he resumed practicing law in Jersey City.
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