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Charles Smith Olden (February 19, 1799 – April 7, 1876) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 19th Governor of New Jersey from 1860 to 1863 during the first part of the American Civil War.



Olden was born in Princeton, New Jersey to Hart Olden and Temperance Smith. Charles married Phoebe Ann Smith in 1832. He was a member of the New Jersey Senate from Mercer County from 1845 to 1850; and was Governor of New Jersey from 1860 to 1863. He was appointed to serve on the New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals, then the state's highest court, serving from 1868 to 1873. He was Presidential Elector for New Jersey in 1872. He died in Princeton, New Jersey on April 7, 1876.[1] He was buried at the Stony Brook Meeting House and Cemetery.

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  1. ^ "The Late Ex-Gov. Olden.". New York Times. April 9, 1876. Retrieved 2010-03-10. "Charles S. Olden, this morning at Princeton. He was Governor of this State in the first years of the late war; he was twice elected State Senator, ..." 
Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Newell
Governor of New Jersey
January 17, 1860-January 20, 1863
Succeeded by
Joel Parker
Party political offices
Preceded by
William A. Newell
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Marcus Lawrence Ward


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