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On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson (1824 - 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States, became the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.[1]

He was born in Metuchen, New Jersey, to parents who had been slaves owned by the Mundy family.

He was a school custodian in Perth Amboy. Active in the Republican Party, he became that the city's first African-American to hold elected office, on the Middlesex County Commission.[2] He was also the city's first "colored" person to serve on a jury.

Decades later, the school where Peterson had worked was renamed after him.

In New Jersey, March 31 is annually celebrated as Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in recognition of his historic vote.[3]

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Election

Peterson voted in a local election held in Perth Amboy, NJ over the town's charter. Some citizens wanted to revise the existing charter while others wished to abandon the charter altogether in favor of a township form of government. Peterson cast his ballot in favor or revising the existing charter. This side won 229 to 63. Peterson was afterward appointed to be a member of the committee of seven that made the revisions.[4] American Publishing Company, Perth Amboy, New Jersey. No date. p. 139. Quotes Peterson from an undated newspaper article, likely from 1884 when he received the "voting medal."

See also

References

  1. ^ African-American Firsts Remembered - Newark Public Library at www.npl.org
  2. ^ Voting Medal at www.history.org
  3. ^ P.L.1998, jr.001 (AJR31) at www.njleg.state.nj.us
  4. ^ McGinnis, William C. History of Perth Amboy New Jersey.

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On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson (1824 - 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States, became the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.[1]

He was born in Metuchen, New Jersey, to parents who had been slaves owned by the Mundy family.

He was a school custodian in Perth Amboy. Active in the Republican Party, he became that the city's first African-American to hold elected office, on the Middlesex County Commission.[2] He was also the city's first "colored" person to serve on a jury.

Decades later, the school where Peterson had worked was renamed after him.

In New Jersey, March 31 is annually celebrated as Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in recognition of his historic vote.[3]

Contents

Election

Peterson voted in a local election held in Perth Amboy, NJ over the town's charter. Some citizens wanted to revise the existing charter while others wished to abandon the charter altogether in favor of a township form of government. Peterson cast his ballot in favor or revising the existing charter. This side won 229 to 63. Peterson was afterward appointed to be a member of the committee of seven that made the revisions.[4] American Publishing Company, Perth Amboy, New Jersey. No date. p. 139. Quotes Peterson from an undated newspaper article, likely from 1884 when he received the "voting medal."

See also

References

  1. ^ African-American Firsts Remembered - Newark Public Library at www.npl.org
  2. ^ Voting Medal at www.history.org
  3. ^ P.L.1998, jr.001 (AJR31) at www.njleg.state.nj.us
  4. ^ McGinnis, William C. History of Perth Amboy New Jersey.

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