Charles Pheneas Lord

Sixth Mayor of Vineland

Charles P. Lord, Sixth Mayor of Vineland was born at South Berwick, Maine, October 14, 1831. His parents, Jeremiah and Mary Ann (Varney) Lord had nine children of whom Charles P., was the first born. He obtained his education in the schools of North Berwick, and when eighteen years of age went to Lowell, Mass., where he learned the mechanics trade. Before the Civil War he was a member of the Lowell Mechanic's Phalanx. This company became part of the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment on the breaking out of the war and had a lively experience in passing through the city of Baltimore April 19, 1861, on its way to Washington.

After serving about three months Sergeant Lord returned to Massachusetts, and in August 1861 enlisted in Company F. Eighth Maine Regiment.

He took part in the battles of Port Royal, Jacksonville, Fla., the siege of Charleston and the capture of Pulaski.

With forty men he was detailed to cut a way through a swamp. So great was the exposure during the three weeks inwhich they were engaged in this work, only six of the forty survived and Captain Lord was physically incapacitated for further service and was discharged.

Captain Lord came to Vineland Feb. 22, 1866, and purchased a small farm on Chestnut Avenue. This he was unable to carry on successfully owing to his impaired health and he sought employment in the grocery store of Brown and Loughran where he remained for awhile.

Later, with his health somewhat improved he entered public life and was elected Mayor on the Republican ticket, in the Spring election of 1877. He was successively re-elected for seven years, and in 1895 was again the successful candidate for three years. During his term of office sidewalks were made manditory and added much to the appearance of the Borough streets.

Captain Lord held the office of Justice of the Peace and Notary Public for many years. He was the Post Commander of Lyon Post, No. 10 G. A. R., and held the office of Chaplain for eighteen years. He was also an officer in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a member of Vineland Lodge, No. 69 A. F. and A. M.

Captain Lord married Miss Martha L. Field, a native of Lowell, Mass. She died October 12, 1883, leaving no children. By faith a Universalist, Captain Lord united with the Unitarian Church, there being no Society of that denomination in Vineland. Captain Lord died in Vineland, November 21, 1906.