Contact Information


Address:          City of Elizabeth

50 Winfield Scott Plaza

Founding of Elizabeth

On October 28, 1664, the Indians of Staten Island sold to John Bailey, Daniel Denton and Luke Watson, a tract of land lying between the Raritan River and the Passaic River, extending westward from Newark Bay. The tract extended about 34 miles between the two rivers and about 17 miles westward from Newark Bay, comprising 500,000 acres. It included what is now the City of Elizabeth.


The City of Elizabeth was founded in 1665 and became the first capital of the State of New Jersey.

City Seal

The following description of the Seal of the City of Elizabeth was included in a report adopted by the City Council at its meeting held on December 27, 1934:


Welcome to Elizabeth, New Jersey, a City with a proud history dating back to the founding of our Country, and an even more exciting future.

With a population of 124,969, the City of Elizabeth is New Jersey’s fourth largest City. As the Union County Seat, Elizabeth contains most major governmental offices and courts servicing the County.