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Stagg, Peter W.


    Peter W. Stagg, a prominent lawyer of Hackensack, was born in New York City October 24th, 1850. His childhood and early life, however, were spent in Cresskill, N. J., where he attended the public school.  In 1875 Mr. Stagg went to Jersey City where he became a student of law in the office of the late Charles Scholfield, and where he remained two years, after which he came to Hackensack, and entered the office of Ackerson & Van Valen, continuing with them until 1879, when he was admitted to the bar, at the June term. Immediately after being admitted, he opened an office for the practice of his profession in which he rapidly built up a good business.

    At the June term of 1883 he was made a counsellor-at-law. He served as assistant clerk to the House of the State Assembly at the sessions of 1891-2, and in 1895 was appointed by Governor Werts, as Prosecutor of Bergen county, for a term of five years.

    Prior to the time at which Mr. Stagg became prosecutor, this county had been infested with pool room and green-goods gangs. These the new prosecutor drove out, in addition to conducting the ordinary criminal business

    Mr. Stagg is a member of the I. O. O. F., Bergen County Lodge, and has been Grand Master of the State of New Jersey, having in 1897 the care and jurisdiction of 249 lodges in different parts of the state, comprising a membership of 25,000 Odd Fellows. He is also a member of the Fire Patrol. He was a member of the Second Regiment New Jersey Volunteers in the late Spanish War.

Mr. Stagg was married on January 14, 1875, to Miss Jennie E. Westervelt, of Bergenfields. The oldest of their five children, Arthur A., is in his father's office.

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