Thursday, March 4, 2010

Street Names

Trenton Evening Times, October 19, 1913

This information on Broad Street Park street names was excerpted from a larger article.  It explains the unfamiliar origin of the name Sewell.  William J. Sewell moved to Camden NJ from Chicago IL in 1860.  He became a Union Army officer during the Civil War and served with the New Jersey Volunteers.  He became a breveted brigadier general in 1865, a year before General Rusling received the same promotion.  He received America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the battle of Chancellorsville.  General Sewell served in the NJ State Senate from 1872-1881 with two terms as president.  He served in the US Senate from 1881-1887.  

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