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Former Hillsborough Mayor Robert Jamieson

Bill Jamieson, elected Hillsborough Township Committeeman 58 years ago, dies

World War II, Korea veteran was mayor in 1967

By David Wildstein, August 04 2019 3:28 pm

William Jamieson, a former Mayor of Hillsborough who served on the Township Committee from 1962 to 1970, died on August 2.  He was 91.

A World War II and Korean War veteran, a started out in local politics when he filled the unexpired term of Rev. Arnold Van Lummel on the Hillsborough Recreation Commission in 1956.

He was elected to the Township Committee in 1961 when Hillsborough expanded the size of their governing body from three to five members.  He defeated Democrat Robert Knopka by about 300 votes, a 56%-44% margin.

Jamieson was re-elected in 1963 when local voters split their tickets and elected Democrat John Guerrera, a future Somerset County Democratic Chairman.   He was re-elected in 1966, along with Elliot F. Smith, who would later replace Jack Ewing in the State Assembly in 1977.

Republicans took 3-2 control of the Hillsborough Township Committee in the 1966 election.  Jamieson was the top vote-getter, running about 65 votes ahead of Smith, who unseated Guerrera by about 125 votes.

Jamieson became Mayor in 1967.

Republicans lost control in 1968 when Guerrera staged a comeback and defeated Republican Robert Conard, who has succeeded Jamieson as mayor, to give Democrats a 3-2 majority.

Jamieson and Smith did not seek re-election in 1969 and were succeeded by Republicans Marion Fenwick and Warren Nevins.

In 2010, the governing body voted to name “Jamieson Street” after the former mayor and retired AT&T executive.

Jamieson’s wife, Terry, passed away in 2012.  He is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren and great-grandchild.

“As a man with a lifelong love of language, he detested that flaccid aphorism, an obituary written by his family said.

Visitation will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, followed by military honors at 2 PM.

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