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Lawyer , politician

Gilbert Collins was the 23rd Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey from May 5, 1884 to May 2, 1886.

Background

Collins, Gilbert was born on August 26, 1846 in Stonington, Connecticut, United States. Son of Daniel P. Collins.

Education

He attended Yale University, but the death of his father in 1862 forced him to leave school for financial reasons. In 1863, he moved to Jersey City and studied law under Jonathan Dixon (who was appointed an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1875).

Career

His family immigrated to American from Kent, England before the American Revolution. Collins began practicing law in Jersey City in 1869. A Republican, Collins unsuccessfully ran for the New Jersey Senate in 1880.

On March 25, 1884, Collins was nominated for mayor by the Independents of Jersey City. He was also later nominated by the Republicans. In the election, Collins easily defeated Democrat John D. McGill by a 3,250 majority in the heavily Democratic city.

He served one term and was succeeded by Democrat Orestes Cleveland. In 1892, Collins was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis that re-nominated Benjamin Harrison. On March 2, 1897, Collins was appointed by Governor John W. Griggs as an Associate Justice to the New Jersey Supreme Court and served until his resignation in 1903.

He continued to practice law. Collins died of pneumonia in his home in Jersey City on January 29, 1920. He was buried in the family vault in Hilliard Cemetery in Stonington.

Connections

Married Harriet Kingsbury Bush, June 2, 1870 (died 1917).

father:
Daniel P. Collins. Collins

spouse:
Harriet Kingsbury Bush