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Thomas Millet Hand, Jr. (Photo: Spilker Funeral Home.)

Tom Hand, newspaper publisher, son of late congressman, dies at 90

By David Wildstein, January 17 2021 5:42 pm

Thomas Millet Hand, Jr., a prominent Cape May County newspaper publisher and the son of former Rep. T. Millett Hand (R-Lower Township), died on December 21, 2020, one day after his 90th birthday.

Hand ran The Cape May Star and Wave, a newspaper founded by his grandfather, Albert R. Hand, from 1957 until he sold the publication in 1989.

Rep. T. Millet Hand. (Photo: U.S. House of Representatives.)

His father was elected to Congress in 1944 after serving as clerk of the Cape May County Board of Freeholders, as Cape May County Prosecutor, and for seven years as the mayor of Cape May.

T. Millet Hand was a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor when he died of a heart attack on December 27, 1956, seven weeks after he was re-elected to his 7th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was 54 at the time of his passing.

Hand had flopped the 2nd district congressional seat vacated by Elmer Wene (D-Vineland) when he ran for U.S. Senate in 1944.  He defeated Edison Hedges, a Port Republic Democrat who had lost 13 bids for various public offices before winning an Atlantic County State Assembly seat in 1937, by a 54%-46% margin.

Tom Hand was active in his community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.  Following his retirement from the newspaper business, he volunteered for many years at Cold Spring Village in Lower Township.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three daughters, seven grandchildren and eight great-children.

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