THE YEAR 1843

SPAN OF A CENTURY
1828-1928

100 YEARS IN THE HISTORY OF CAMDEN AS A CITY

COMPILED FROM NOTES ANDS DATA COLLECTED BY
CHARLES S. BOYER

PRESIDENT CAMDEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PUBLISHED BY
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE
OF CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AND NOTES BY PHILLIP COHEN IN 2003

The first election in New Jersey of Members of Congress by Congressional Districts, instead of at large, was held in 1843. The First District comprised Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, and Atlantic Counties. Camden County had not yet been created, and was still a part of Gloucester County.

The first nominee sent to Congress by the voters of the First District was Lucius Q. Elmer, of Cumberland County, his majority being about 300 votes in the district. 

On March 18, 1843 delegates were elected to a Constitutional Convention in pursuance to an act of the legislature passed February 23, 1843. Abraham Browning and John W. Mickle were chosen to represent Camden. The Convention met in Trenton on May 14, 1844, and completed its labors, filing a copy of the new Constitution was held August 13, 1844. The new Constitution was adopted by a vote of 20,276 in favor to 3,526 against 

"A Buffalo Hunt" was held in Diamond Cottage Park. It was widely advertised but later pronounced by the newspapers of the day a "most egregious humbug" which "ruined several acres of corn and furnished sale for any amount of rum and other drinkables which make men mad". This was in 1843. 

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