Biography and History

Garret D. Wall was a nineteenth-century New Jersey lawyer, military officer, and politician. During the War of 1812, Wall commanded a volunteer regiment from Trenton. He subsequently served as clerk of the New Jersey Supreme Court (1812-1817), quartermaster general of New Jersey (1815-1837), member of the New Jersey General Assembly (1827), and United States District Attorney for New Jersey (1829). Wall was elected governor of New Jersey in 1829, but declined the position. However, Wall later served as a United States senator (1835-1841) and judge of the Court of Errors and Appeals (1849-1850). His son, James Walter Wall (Princeton Class of 1838), was a lawyer, author, and United States senator (1863).

Source: From the finding aid for C0467

  • Garret D. Wall Collection. 1807-1850 (bulk), 1699-1909 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0467

    The Garret D. Wall Collection, dating from 1609-1909, consists primarily of material from the legal practice of Garret D. Wall (1783-1850). The bulk of the material dates from 1807 to 1850, when Wall was actively practicing law, serving in the United States Senate, and serving as judge of the Court of Appeals of New Jersey.