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JOHN LANE.

JOHN LANE has achieved distinction in the twofold capacity of marine surveyor and public officer. He is a native of Shrewsbury, N. J., where he obtained his early education in the public schools. Subsequently he pursued a course of study at Cooper Institute, New York.

Reared on his father's farm in Shrewsbury, he developed a strong constitution, and at the same time acquired those habits of thrift and industry which mark the successful man. His studies were designed to enable him to enter professional life, for which he was mentally and physically qualified, and in which he has won an honorable reputation. Entering, as a young, the shipyard of McCarthy & Brother, of Hoboken, he filled successively the positions of clerk, timekeeper, bookkeeper, and general manager, and gained the respect and confidence of all with whom he came into contact, and especially of his employers. His experience was at once broad and practical, and included a thorough knowledge of every branch of ship building, even to designing, carpentering and joining, calking, and marine draughting. After a period of sixteen years in these different capacities he withdrew to engage in business for himself as a marine surveyor, a profession for which his duties had eminently fitted him, and one in which he has achieved remarkable success. In 1888 he removed from Jersey City to West Hoboken, N. J., where he has built, on Malone Street, a neat and attractive home after his own plans and designs.

Mr. Lane has for many years been an active and influential leader of the Democratic party, especially in the town where he resides, and in various capacities has served both party and town with ability, honor, and satisfaction. In 1891 he was appointed a member of the West Hoboken Board of Health. In 1893 he was elected a member of the Board of School Trustees. Since 1895 he has served as one of the Councilmen of West Hoboken, and in 1898 and 1899 was chairman of the board. He then discharged the duties connected with these positions with signal efficiency and fidelity. Public spirited, energetic, and progressive, he has always encouraged and supported every movement calculated to advance the general welfare of the community. He is a prominent member of the Masonic order, of the Royal Arennum, and the Foresters of America.

Source: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor, Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900, pages 144-145.

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