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The Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey. (Photo: Brookside Cemetery.)

Cardinale will be one of many notables buried at Englewood cemetery

Longtime Bergen County lawmaker died on Saturday at age 86

By David Wildstein, February 21 2021 3:09 pm

Gerald Cardinale, who served more years in the New Jersey legislature than any other Republican in state history, will be buried among some other political elites at the Brookside Cemetery in Englewood.

Also buried at Brookside:

U.S. Senator Dwight Morrow, left, and Reps. Archibald Olpp (R-Union City), center, and Frank Osmers (R-Haworth) are buried at the Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey.

* Dwight W. Morrow, who represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from December 1930 until his death at age 58 in October 1931.  The Englewood businessman was a classmate of President Calvin Coolidge at Amherst College and was named U.S. Ambassador to Mexico by Coolidge in 1927.  He won a special election for U.S. Senate in 1930 and was widely viewed as a potential candidate for the presidency at the time of his death.  He was the father-in-law of aviator Charles Lindbergh.  His death came less than six months before the famed kidnapping and murder of his 20-month-old grandson.

* Frank W. Osmers, Jr. was a U.S. Congressman from New Jersey.  Osmers began his political career on the Haworth Borough Council in 1930, served as mayor in 1935 and 1935, and as an assemblyman representing Bergen County from 1935 to 1937.  He flipped an open congressional seat in 1938, at age 30, after the incumbent, Democrat Edward A. Kenney, 53, accidentally died after falling out of a window.  Osmers gave up his House seat in 1942 to go on active duty in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Osmers returned to Congress in a 1951 special election.  In the 1964 Lyndon Johnson landslide, Osmers lost his seat 50%-49% to Democrat Henry Helstoski.  Osmers narrowly lost a comeback bid in 1966 and served as the Bergen County Administrator from 1968 to 1970.  He died in 1977, just two weeks before Cardinale sough the Republican nomination for State Assembly in a contested primary.

* Archibald E. Olpp, M.D., was a Republican from Union City and World War I veteran who was elected to Congress in 1920 as one of two Hudson County Republicans to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 19th century. On the coattails of GOP presidential candidate Warren Harding – and boosted by the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, Olpp unseated incumbent John Eagan (D-Weehawken) by a 55%-43% margin.   Eagan sought a comeback in 1922 and ousted Olpp by 21,558 votes, 67%-31%.  Olpp had served as police surgeon and town physician in Secaucus.  After Congress, he returned to his medical practice and died in 1949 at age 67.

* William Weaver Bennett was the first mayor of Teaneck.  He held local office from 1895 to 1909 and died in 192 at age 71.

* Elbert A. Brinckerhoff, Sr. served as mayor of Englewood from 1899 to 1901.  He also served as president of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

* George W. Wickersham, the U.S. Attorney General under President William Howard Taft from 1909 to 1913, later held appointed posts under Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Wickersham, who lived in New York, died in 1936 at age 77.

* Thomas D. Thacher served as Solicitor General from 1930 to 1933 under President Herbert Hoover.  He replaced Judge Learned Hand on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1925.  Prior to becoming a judge, Thacher was a partner at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, the law firm founded by his father.  He was a key player in Fiorello LaGuardia’s election as mayor of New York City, and was corporation counsel under LaGuardia.  Gov. Thomas Dewey named him to the New York Court of Appeals, where he served until two years before his death in 1950 at age 69.

Rep. Cullen Sawtelle, who represented Maine in Congress in the 1840s and 1850s, Union Army General Samuel Duncan, and actor Philip Bosco are also interned in Brookside.

Cardinale died on Saturday at age 86 after serving 54 years in public office, including two as an assemblyman and more than 39 in the State Senate.

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