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Winton, Henry D.


        Henry D. Winton, editor and proprietor of The Bergen county Democrat, the oldest newspaper published in Bergen county, is the son of Eben Winton, the first publisher of this paper.

    Mr. Winton was born February 14, 1848, and has been a resident of Hackensack since 1861. He entered his father's office at the age of fifteen years, and after six years close application to business, was made a partner in the concern, the firm being known as E. Winton

& Son. In 1870 Mr. Winton, Sr., retired, the son becoming sole proprietor. Under his management the paper has grown in popularity and value both financially and as an exponent of the party which it represents.

        Mr. Winton keeps pace with all political questions and party movements. He was made a delegate from the Fifth Congressional District to the National Democratic Convention which met at Cincinnati in 1880, and nominated General Hancock and again acted in the same capacity in 1896, at the National Convention which nominated Mr. Bryan. He was a member of the committee of five, of which ex-Governor Russel of Massachusetts was the chairman, representing the "gold states", in opposition to the "silverites" of the party. Mr. Winton acted as chairman of the state committee of the sound Democracy during the campaign, the Bergen County Democrat espousing the cause of Palmer & Buckner.

    In 1880, Mr. Winton was elected to the Legislature of New Jersey, and re-elected in 1884, for a term of three years, being the only case of a re-election of a senator from this county. In 1884 he was clerk of the House of Assembly, and at the same time was one of the members of the board of managers of the New Jersey Lunatic Asylum, at Morris Plains. It was through him, in connection with the late Theodore Varick of Jersey City, that the medical and business departments of this institution were separated. This has thus far proved a successful change. Other institutions of the kind have followed the example of this one, to the entire satisfaction of all.

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