History of Union Township

A History that Dates Back to America's Colonial Era

Originally known as Connecticut Farms, Union was settled in 1667 by Rev. Abraham Pierson and his followers from Connecticut, who traveled for weeks under difficult circumstances to find a new settlement.

On June 7, 1780, the village of Connecticut Farms was plundered and burned to the ground after a three hour battle by a British and Hessian army that was marching toward General Washington's army camped at Morristown. Both the village and parsonage were rebuilt later.

In 1808, the Township of Union was created when a General Assembly in Trenton approved a petition from local residents asking for a separation from Elizabethtown. At that time, the township was about 75% larger than it is today.

Union has been home to two New Jersey Governors: Governor William Livingston and Thomas Kean. Both are actually related and resided at one time or another in Liberty Hall.

Today, Union is governed by a Township Committee, whose function is to pass ordinances and resolutions, including an annual budget. The committee sets policy on all township business and consists of five members who are elected and serve for three year terms.

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