Lewis Van Blarcom

After having practiced law in a single location, Newton, for a period of thirty-five years, Lewis Van Blarcom may be said to be familiar with all of the legal problems that come up in the business or private life of the residents here. He has been called upon to apply his legal training to business also, as a director in local corporations, and has been as successful in this advisory work as in his professional practice. He has enjoyed not only a long period of private legal work, but has also been entrusted with the public responsibility which goes with the office of county prosecutor, which he held here for five years.

Mr. Van Blarcom was born on April 29, 1883, son of Lewis and Mary (Thompson [sic]) Van Blarcom, both members of families old in the history of the state. His father, also a native of Sussex County, was a veteran of the Civil War, who served as captain of Company E, 15th Regiment of the New Jersey Volunteers; wounded at Spottsylvania, he was made captive, and imprisoned at Libby Prison for a period of six months. In private life he was, like his son, a practicing attorney at Newton, and continued in this field for many years prior to his death on February 19, 1904. His wife, Mary (Thompson [sic]) Van Blarcom, who was born at Marksboro, followed him in death in October of 1916. Mr. Lewis Van Blarcom’s paternal grandfather, William Van Blarcom, was a member of the agrarian community in Sussex County; his maternal grandfather was Dr. Alexander Hamilton Thompson [sic], a well known physician of Warren County.

Mr. Van Blarcom was not only a native a Newton, but also grew up and attended public school here, graduating from the Newton Collegiate Institute and the English and Classical School. He later studied law with Martin Rosencrans, and, upon becoming qualified, was duly admitted to practice at the bar of the State of New Jersey.

Devoting himself to the general practice of law, he has offered his services in Newton continuously since his admission to the bar. He is a Republican in politics, and it was on the ticket of that party that he won the position of prosecutor of Sussex County for the period from 1917 to 1922. Serving in another public capacity, he has been a member of the county tax board for many years, and he has consistently interested himself in the non-partisan civic programs of Newton.

He is a member of the Sussex County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. His associations with the business and financial concerns of Newton include the following posts: member of the board of directors of the Sussex Mutual Insurance Company of Newton, and of the S. & M. Building & Loan Association.

During the World War, Mr. Van Blarcom was a captain of Company E, 4th Battalion, New Jersey State Militia. He is a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, and of the Sons of the American Revolution.

In January of 1919, Lewis Van Blarcom was married to Ethel M. Hart, daughter of Nathan H. and Margaret (Cox) Hart. They are communicants of the Presbyterian Church of Newton, and are active in the social affairs of the community.

Source: Myers, William Starr. 1945. Prominent Families of New Jersey. Volume I. New York: Lewis Publishing Company.

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