A. Dayton Oliphant

Alfred Dayton Oliphant
Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
In office
Personal details
Born (1887-10-28)October 28, 1887
Trenton, New Jersey
Died June 25, 1963(1963-06-25) (aged 75)
Princeton, New Jersey
Education Lawrenceville School
Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania

Alfred Dayton Oliphant (October 28, 1887 – June 25, 1963) was a Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1945 to 1946, and again from 1948 to 1957.[1][2]


Oliphant was born in Trenton, New Jersey on October 28, 1887, the son of Civil War General Samuel Duncan Oliphant and Elizabeth Van Dever (Dayton) Oliphant.[3]

After graduating from the Lawrenceville School, he received his BA from Princeton University and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) University of Pennsylvania. He married Marguerite A. Broughton on June 21, 1924.[4]

Oliphant was a Republican member of New Jersey General Assembly from Mercer County from 1915 to 1917 and Mercer County Prosecutor of the Pleas from 1918 to 1923.[3]

Oliphant was circuit judge for Hudson, Middlesex and Mercer counties from 1927 to 1945. He was an associate justice of New Jersey Supreme Court, 1945–46 and again from 1948 to 1957. He served as Chancellor of New Jersey Court of Chancery from 1946 to 1948 during the rewriting of the Constitution of New Jersey and the reorganization of the state court system.[5]

He died on June 25, 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was interred in Riverview Cemetery in Trenton.

See also


  1. "Prominent Families of New Jersey: In Two Volumes". Genealogical Publishing Com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 1 July 2016 via Google Books.
  2. "Judge A Dayton Oliphant (1887 - 1963) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. 1 2 Staff. "Dayton Oliphant, Ex-judge, 75, Dies. Headed Court of Errors and Appeals in New Jersey", The New York Times, June 27, 1963. Accessed July 2, 2016.
  4. Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: American Judicature Society, politicians, New Jersey". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  5. Johnson, Nelson (5 December 2014). "Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice". Rutgers University Press. Retrieved 1 July 2016 via Google Books.
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