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Van Buskirk, Jacob L.


    Jacob L. Van Buskirk, Sheriff of Bergen county, is probably one of the most popular officials to be found in the state. He was born in Saddle River, N. J., in 1851, and worked at his trade of blacksmithing for nine years. In 1852 his father came to Hackensack, where he resided for forty-seven years. In 1890 he was elected a member of the Board of Freeholders, and re-elected in 1893. In 1892 he was elected director of the board and held that position three years, and in November 1898, was elected sheriff by a majority of 709 votes, he being the only successful Democrat on his ticket, which is proof sufficient that the people, not the party, elected him to the office.

    Mr. Van Buskirk has always taken a lively interest in everything of a public nature, and is also prominent in social and fraternal organizations.

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