Theodore Fields

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Theodore Fields
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
In office
Preceded byJohn C. Hathaway
Succeeded byJohn Henry Heyer
Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey
In office
Preceded byTheodore Aumack
Succeeded byRuliff P. Smock
Personal details
BornNew Jersey
Political partyDemocratic

Theodore Fields was a Democratic Party politician who served as a freeholder (county legislator) and as Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey. He was a founder of the Bonnat Club, a hunting and fushing society.[1]


Theodore Fields was born near Eatontown, New Jersey. He was educated at Ocean Hill Institute in Long Branch.[2]

A farmer in Eatontown, he went into the hotel business purchasing Osborn House (New Jersey) in Avon-by-the-Sea and Manasquan (then known as Swuan), before locating in Wall Township before returning to farming.[2]

At the May 14, 1884 annual reorganization, Fields was chosen as Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders and served as Director for three years.[3] Fields was appointed to the unexpired term of Freeholder Samuel M. Gifford, who had died in office, and served on the board until May 1, 1887.

After leaving the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Fields was nominated as the 1887 Democratic candidate for sheriff, and was elected to a three-year term in the general election that year. While sheriff, Fields relocated to Freehold, the county seat.[2]

Constitutionally limited to one, three-year term, he left office in 1890, eventually returning to farming. A son, Houston Fields, would go on to serve as sheriff from 1896 to 1899.

See also[edit]

  • List of Monmouth County Freeholder Directors


  1. The American Angler - Volume 14, Issue 25 - Page 388
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wiley, Samuel T. (ed.) Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of the Third congressional district of New Jersey, p. 1003. Biographical Publishing Company, 1896.Accessed October 20, 2015. "Theodore Fields, father of our subject, was also born near Eatontown, and was educated at the old Ocean Hill Institute near Long Branch. He was a farmer near Eatontown up to 1887, when he removed to Freehold, and is still interested in farming, having a farm several miles from the latter place. He is a democrat, and was always deeply interested in the success of his party. He removed from the farm to New Branch, now called Avon, where he engaged in the hotel business for about two years. Afterwards he removed to Manasquan, having purchased the Osborne House at that place, and this hotel he conducted for the next six years. He then sold out and removed to the farm in Wall township, Monmouth county, and while living on the farm, in Nov., 1887, he was elected sheriff of the county. He then moved his family to Freehold, the county- seat, where he resided until the close of his term of office in 1890. He lived a life of retirement until 1S9 (J, when he again became interested in farming on his present farm near Freehold."
  3. Minutes, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore Aumack
Monmouth County Sheriff
Succeeded by
Ruliff P. Smock
Preceded by
John C. Hathaway
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
Succeeded by
John Henry Heyer

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