Richard Stockton Field
Richard Stockton Field
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey|
January 14, 1863 – April 25, 1870
|Appointed by||Abraham Lincoln|
|Preceded by||Philemon Dickerson|
|Succeeded by||John T. Nixon|
|United States Senator|
from New Jersey
November 21, 1862 – January 14, 1863
|Preceded by||John Renshaw Thomson|
|Succeeded by||James Walter Wall|
|New Jersey Attorney General|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|
|Born||December 31, 1803|
White Hill Plantation, Bordentown, New Jersey
|Died||May 25, 1870 (aged 66)|
Princeton, New Jersey
|Resting place||Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ritchie (m. 1831-1852, her death)|
Richard Stockton Field (December 31, 1803 – May 25, 1870) was a United States Senator from New Jersey, and later a United States federal judge. Field was the great-grandson of Richard Stockton (1730-1781), New Jersey Delegate to the Continental Congress, and the grandson of Richard Stockton (1764-1828), US Senator from New Jersey.
Born at White Hill Plantation near Bordentown, New Jersey, Field moved to Princeton, New Jersey with his mother in 1810; pursued an academic course and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1821. He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1825, commencing private practice in Salem, New Jersey. He moved to Princeton, N.J., in 1832, and served as a New Jersey state representative from 1833 to 1834, and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1837, and served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1838–1841. He was a member of the State constitutional convention of 1844, and a professor at the Princeton Law School from 1847 to 1855, thereafter returning to private practice.
Field was appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John R. Thomson and served from November 21, 1862, to January 14, 1863, when a successor was elected. He was not a candidate for election in 1863. Instead, Field was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln on January 14, 1863, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Philemon Dickerson. Field was confirmed by the United States Senate, and received commission, on the same day that he was nominated. He served on the court until his resignation, on April 25, 1870, one month before his death.
Field was a founder of the New Jersey Historical Society, and served as its president. He was a founder of the State Normal School, now known as The College of New Jersey, and served as president of its board of trustees. In addition, Field was a founder of the Farnham School in Beverly, New Jersey, which served as a preparatory school for prospective students of the State Normal School.
Death and burial
In 1831, Field married Mary Ritchie (1806-1852). They were the parents of Helen Field Conover (1833-1914), the wife of Francis Stevens Conover (1822-1901) and mother of Richard Field Conover; Colonel Edward Field (1841-1906), a veteran of the Civil War and career Army officer; and Annis Thomson, the wife of Professor Charles McMillen.
- United States Congress. "Richard Stockton Field (id: F000106)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Richard Stockton Field at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Richard Stockton Field at The Political Graveyard
- Richard Stockton Field at Find a Grave
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
John T. Nixon
John R. Thomson
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: John C. Ten Eyck
James W. Wall
John Moore White
| New Jersey Attorney General
George P. Mollesson