Alfred E. Driscoll

Alfred Eastlack Driscoll (October 25, 1902 – March 9, 1975) was an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey Senate (1939–1941) representing Camden County, who served as the 43rd Governor of New Jersey, and as president of Warner-Lambert (now a part of Pfizer).

Alfred E. Driscoll
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43rd Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 21, 1947 – January 19, 1954
Preceded byWalter Evans Edge
Succeeded byRobert B. Meyner
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1902-10-25)October 25, 1902
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 9, 1975(1975-03-09) (aged 72)
Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Antoinette Ware Tatem
(m. 1932)


He was born on October 25, 1902, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Driscoll grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey and graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1921.[1] He graduated from Williams College in 1925, and was awarded an LL.B. degree from Harvard University in 1928.[2]

He served as Governor of New Jersey from 1947 to 1954 where he was a proponent for the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.[3] From the time of their construction, these two major transportation links would transform the agrarian "Garden State" into the most densely populated state in the union. The Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway across the Raritan River was named in his honor, and a failed planned extension of the New Jersey Turnpike (similar in nature to the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension) would have also borne his name. Driscoll served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New Jersey in 1948 and 1952, and he was considered for the vice presidential nomination at the 1952 convention.[4]

Driscoll, a Republican, gave William J. Brennan a Democrat, his first judicial appointment in 1949. It was a seat on the New Jersey Superior Court. In 1951, Driscoll promoted Brennan to the New Jersey Supreme Court, where he served until appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

Driscoll died on March 9, 1975, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.[3] Although he was a Presbyterian, Driscoll was buried at the Haddonfield Baptist Churchyard.

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  1. ^ Staff. "Alfred Driscoll Of Jersey Is Dead; First Two-Term Governor Initiated the Turnpike and Judicial Reform", The New York Times, March 9, 1975. Accessed August 9, 2018. "After having attended the Haddonfield public schools, he was graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1921, Williams College in 1925 and the Harvard Law School in 1928."
  2. ^ "Alfred E. Driscoll". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2010. Alfred E. Driscoll, the sixtieth governor of New Jersey, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 25, 1902. His education was attained at Williams College, where he graduated in 1925, and at Harvard University, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1928. After establishing his legal career, Driscoll entered into politics. From 1938 to 1941 he served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate ...
  3. ^ a b "Alfred Driscoll Of Jersey Is Dead. First Two-Term Governor Initiated the Turnpike and Judicial Reform". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 9, 1872. Retrieved March 27, 2010. Former Gov. Alfred E. Driscoll died here today of a heart attack at his home. He was 72 years old.
  4. ^ Bowen, Michael (2011). The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780807834855.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Evans Edge
Governor of New Jersey
January 21, 1947 – January 19, 1954
Succeeded by
Robert B. Meyner
Party political offices
Preceded by
Walter Evans Edge
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1946, 1949
Succeeded by
Paul L. Troast
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
William Collins
President of the National Municipal League
December, 1962–1970
Succeeded by
William W. Scranton