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Raritan is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 6,338.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2), all of it land.

Raritan Town was originally established as a subdivision within Bridgewater Township by act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 3, 1868. After a series of bitter lawsuits between Raritan and Bridgewater in the 1930s and 1940s, the Legislature allowed Raritan to become an independent Borough by an Act on May 12, 1948, based on the results of a referendum passed on June 12, 1948. The new borough incorporated the old town and an additional portion of Bridgewater Township.

Local government
Raritan is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year

Students from Raritan attend the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, together with students from Bridgewater Township. Approximately 1,000 students of the 8,800 students in the district are from Raritan. All of the school facilities — including Bridgewater-Raritan High School — are in Bridgewater, except for John F. Kennedy School, which is in Raritan.


The first people to settle the Raritan Valley were the Naraticongs, a peace-loving branch of the Lenape who were part of the Iroquois Nation. Numbering about 1,200 the Naraticongs lived mostly along the north side of the river. They roamed the forest to hunt, fished in the river, and planted corn in the fertile valley.

In 1683, when the Dutch and English arrived, the Naraticongs met them with friendly advances and a ready sale of land. The Dutch shortened and altered the name of the Naraticongs and named the area Raritan, or “forked river” Other versions of history state that Raritan translate to “where the stream overflows”.

The Dutch, English, and French Huguenots were drawn to the area for the same reasons the Lenape Found appealing-the rich, fertile soil and the navigable river. The Dutch also realized they could establish their own church, the Dutch Reformed Church, and live in freedom. These opportunities played a major role in the establishment of the town of Raritan. Raritan became a trading center for neighboring farmers.

John Basilone

Once again, in 1941, the United States went to war, and hundreds of Raritan's sons and daughters enlisted or were drafted into the service of their country. One of these young men was Marine Gunnery Sqt. John Basilone. Basilone was the first enlisted man to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II for his heroic action on Guadalcanal from October 24 through 27, 1942. A Japanese regiment of nearly 3,000 men attached Basilone and his platoon, and Basilone wiped out the entire regiment almost single-handedly.

Rather than spend the rest of the war traveling throughout the United States encouraging people to buy war bonds, he elected to return to active duty. On February 19th, 1945, Basilone was killed in action in the assault on Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his bravery during the battle. A grateful and proud town erected a statue in Basilone's memory in 1948 and has honored him with a parade since 1981.

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