Peter Angelo Cavicchia

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Peter Angelo Cavicchia

Peter Angelo Cavicchia (born May 22, 1879 in Roccamandolfi , Isernia Province , Italy , †  September 11, 1967 in Belleville , New Jersey ) was an American politician . Between 1931 and 1937 he represented the state of New Jersey in the US House of Representatives .


In 1888 Peter Cavicchia came to Newark , New Jersey, with his parents from his Italian homeland . He attended the public schools of his new home and then until 1906 the American International College in Springfield ( Massachusetts ). After a subsequent law degree at New York University School of Law and his admission to the bar in 1909, he began to work in this profession in Newark. He has also worked as a consultant and director for a number of companies in the construction and banking sectors. In 1917 he was in Essex CountyHead of the Inheritance Tax Department. Between 1917 and 1931 Cavicchia was also a member of the Newark City Education Committee, which he chaired from 1924 to 1926. From 1925 to 1931 he was a lecturer in law and curator of the Mercer Beasley School of Law , now part of Rutgers University . Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party .

In the 1930 congressional election , Cavicchia was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC , in the ninth constituency of New Jersey , where he succeeded Franklin W. Fort on March 4, 1931 . After two re-elections, he was able to complete three legislative terms in Congress by January 3, 1937 . Since 1933 he represented there as the successor to Oscar L. Auf der Heide the eleventh district of his state. During his time in Congress since 1933, many of the federal government's New Deal laws were passed there under President Franklin D. Roosevelt . Cavicchia's party was rather hostile to these laws. In 1933 the 20th and 21st amendments were ratified.

In 1936, Peter Cavicchia was not re-confirmed. After his time in the US House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. From 1937 to 1956 he once again headed the Essex County's estate tax division. Between 1946 and 1957 he was also chairman of the Newark City Planning Commission. Peter Cavicchia died on September 11, 1967 in Belleville and was buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Newark.

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