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N.J. author influenced by Jersey City politics dies at 90

A New Jersey-born historian and author, who was influenced by the political culture of Jersey City in the 1900s, has died in New York City.

Thomas Fleming was 90.

Fleming was born in Jersey City in 1927. He graduated from St. Peter’s Prep, spent one year serving in the United States Navy, and then attended Fordham University where he graduated in 1950, according to his online biography.

He worked briefly as a newspaper man and became a full-time writer in 1960 when he published his first book “Now We Are Enemies.” He went on to multiple novels and was a frequent speaker at Hudson County events.

Though influenced by the Irish-American political sphere he grew up in, Fleming did not want to be identified as an Irish-American writing, his biography states. He often wrote about the American Revolution and World War I and World War II.

“My whole idea was to get across that bridge and be an American writer,” Fleming said in his biography.

Fleming has been featured on PBS, the History Channel, and C-SPAN.

He is survived by his wife, four children, seven grandchildren and two nieces, his obituary states. A funeral will be held Wednesday at St. Catherine of Siena Church, in Manhattan at 10 a.m. The church is located at 411 East 68th St.


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