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COBB, George T., congressman, born in Morris-town, New Jersey, in October, 1813; died 6 August, 1870. He was employed in the iron-works at Dover, New Jersey, and, subsequently establishing himself in the iron business, rapidly made a fortune, from which he gave generously to both public and private objects. The Evergreen cemetery in Morristown was one of his gifts to his native town, and he also gave $15,000 for a school-house, and $75,000 for a church. Mr. Cobb was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1860, and first sat in the extra session, called by President Lincoln in July, 1861, to provide means for suppressing the rebellion. Mr. Cobb at once gave the administration his hearty support, and his course offended many of his Democratic friends at home. The next nominating convention of his district passed resolutions condemning the war. Mr. Cobb refused a renomination, and Andrew J. Rogers succeeded him. Mr. Cobb finally separated from the Democracy, and in 1865 was elected by the Republicans of Morris county as state senator, and was re-elected in 1868. In 1869 he lost the republican nomination for United States senator by three votes. He was killed in an accident on the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad.
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