Richard Stockton Field

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Richard Stockton Field
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
January 14, 1863 – April 25, 1870
Appointed byAbraham Lincoln
Preceded byPhilemon Dickerson
Succeeded byJohn T. Nixon
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
November 21, 1862 – January 14, 1863
Preceded byJohn Renshaw Thomson
Succeeded byJames Walter Wall
New Jersey Attorney General
In office
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1803-12-31)December 31, 1803
White Hill Plantation, Bordentown, New Jersey
DiedMay 25, 1870(1870-05-25) (aged 66)
Princeton, New Jersey
Resting placePrinceton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey
Other political
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.

Civic endeavors[edit]

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[edit]

He died in Princeton, New Jersey and was buried in Princeton Cemetery.


In 1859, Princeton University conferred on Field the honorary degree of LL.D.


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.

External links[edit]

  • 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
Legal offices
Preceded by
Philemon Dickerson
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
John T. Nixon
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John R. Thomson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: John C. Ten Eyck
Succeeded by
James W. Wall
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Moore White
New Jersey Attorney General
Succeeded by
George P. Mollesson