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Frederick Halstead Teese was born in Newark, N.J., October 21, 1823. He attended the classical school of Rev. Dr. Weeks, at the College of New Jersey, Princeton, in 1840, and was graduated from that institution in 1843. In 1846 he was admitted as an attorney, and in 1849 as a counselor-at-law. In 1859 the Democratic party of Essex County, chose him as one of their candidates for the General Assembly, and he was triumphantly elected. The next year he was reelected, and during the second term served as Speaker of the House. In 1864 he was appointed president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Essex County for the term of five years, and at the expiration of this term was reappointed for another term of five years. In 1874 the struggle for power between the two great political parties throughout the Union was, as will be remembered, very bitter, and each party, in order to capture the House of Representatives, put into the field its best men. Judge Teese was at this time quietly occupied in discharging the duties of his responsible office, and utterly indisposed to enter again the political arena, but the pressure upon him was so great that he finally accepted the nomination for Congress, believing it scarcely possible for him or any other person, to defeat the estimable and popular candidate offered by the Republican party. But, unexpected as it was, he was elected, and took his seat in the House of Representatives in the month of March ensuing. At the expiration of his term Judge Teese could not be persuaded to accept the offer of a renomination, although the prospect of a successful canvass was far more cheering than on the former occasion. He had also, for several years, been a director of the National State Bank of Newark, N.J.