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Cumming, Thomas H.

THOMAS H. CUMMING.

        Thomas H. Cumming, Justice of the Peace, and a well-known business man of Hackensack, was born in New York City November 6th, 1839. He received his education in his native city, and, after leaving school, became an employe in a large dry goods store, where he remained three years. A partnership was now entered into with his father in the business of contracting, which was carried on chiefly in New York and New Jersey. Among other large contracts secured was that for the construction of the Lodi branch of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, and also for the line running from Essex street to Woodridge. In New York their business was mostly in the line of building large sewers. Beginning in 1861, Mr. Cumming

conducted a business for two years in the oil trade in Greenwich street, following which, he was in the leather business for a period of six years. At the expiration of this time he removed to Hackensack, again engaging in contracting. In connection with his present business of insurance and real estate, he is Commissioner of Deeds and a Notary Public, holding the office of Justice of the Peace since 1885.

    He has always been interested in the Fire Department, and was an active member of Hook and Ladder Company, No. 2, for twenty-six years, part of this time its Foreman, and is at present an honorary member of that organization. For a number of years he has been President of the Hackensack Relief Association, and has also been Collector of License for the Hackensack Commission for the past twelve years.

    Mr. Cumming is a member of the Royal Arcanum, and a charter member of the National Union. He is an active Republican, and his father, Thomas Cumming, Sr., was for years a lay judge of Bergen county.

    Mr. Cumming's wife was the only daughter of the late John H. Banta, of Hackensack. They have three sons.


James Van Valen, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1900

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