Samuel M. Shay

Samuel M Shay - 1926

Samuel M. Shay was a prominent figure in Camden County during the early 20th century. Born around 1885 in New Jersey, he was appointed as Judge of the Common Pleas Court in Camden County by Governor Edwards in 1922. He was reappointed for a second term in 1927.

Aside from his work as a judge, Shay was also active in several business and civic groups during his tenure. He was particularly involved in the fund raising drive that led to the construction of the Walt Whitman Hotel at Broadway and Cooper Street.

In April of 1930, the census showed Shay living with his wife Alice and their two young daughters, Elizabeth A. and Joan E. Shay, in a rented house on Volan Street in Merchantville. Their neighbors included several notable individuals and families, such as E. Huelings Antrim, who owned Antrim Hardware, a family business that operated in Camden for over a century. Shay and his wife went on to have a son named Samuel.

By the time the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled, Samuel M. Shay had passed away. However, his wife and children still resided in Merchantville, now on Browning Road, in a block that included other notable individuals such as former Camden Mayor Roy R. Stewart and the Bottomley family, who were connected to the Howland Croft & Sons Co. textile mill in Camden.


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