E. Donald Sterner Politician
Edwin Donald Sterner (January 3, 1894 – September 30, 1983) was an American lumberman and Republican Party politician who served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. He was also New Jersey's first Highway Commissioner. Sterner was born in Belmar, New Jersey in 1894 to Willard J. and Jennie L. (Disbrow) Sterner. After graduating from Asbury Park High School in 1912, he worked for the Lewis Lumber Company in Asbury Park where his father was the manager. He then served in the United States Army during World War I. He attended officers' training camps in Plattsburgh and Fort Niagara, New York, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1917, later promoted to First Lieutenant before being sent overseas in 1918. He was salvage officer with the 2nd Infantry Division and was engaged in the Second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. After the war he returned to Belmar and managed the Sterner Coal and Lumber Company, founded by his father in 1919.