John Witherspoon (February 15, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a delegate from the colony of New Jersey during the Second Continental Congress. He was the President of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) and had trained many of the leaders of colonial america. He was the only active clergyman and college President to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was selected to serve as a delegate for New Jersey and served alongside: John Hart, Richard Stockton, Francis Hopkinson, and Abraham Clark. [Read more…]
Richard Stockton (October 1, 1730 – February 28, 1781) was a delegate from New Jersey who was selected to replace the New Jersey delegates from the Second Continental Congress. Stockton also served as a jurist and legislator and was instrumental in bringing John Witherspoon from Scotland to the 13 original colonies to serve as President of New Jersey College. He was also close friends with fellow signers Benjamin Rush from Pennsylvania. The other Second Continental Congress delegates from New Jersey were: John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, and Abraham Clark. [Read more…]
Francis Lewis (March 21, 1713 – December 31, 1802) was a delegate from New York during the Second Continental Congress. He ventured into politics after the French and Indian War. He became a signer of the Declaration of Independence and sacrificed all on the altar of patriotism. He served alongside fellow New York delegates: William Floyd, Lewis Morris, and Philip Livingston.
Lewis was born in Wales to his father of the same name. His father died at a young age and he was then raised by his uncle and aunt. They gave him an education in Scotland and sent him to the Westminster School in England. He emigrated to New York in 1734. He would serve as a British mercantile agent and be taken prisoner by the French in 1756, during the French and Indian War. When he returned to America he became involved in American politics and served as a member of the Committee of sixty, New York Provincial Congress, and then elected to the Continental Congress. He would be a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. [Read more…]
Lewis Morris (April 8, 1726 – January 22, 1798) comes from an influential political family in New York politics whose fingerprints can be found all over the founding of the United States of America. Lewis was selected to be a delegate to the Continental Congress and would eventually cast his vote for independence. He and fellow delegates from New York: Francis Lewis, William Floyd, and Philip Livingston signed the Declaration of Independence at the Second Continental Congress. [Read more…]
Philip Livingston (January 15, 1716 – June 12, 1778) was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress for New York who signed the Declaration of Independence. Although Philip was born into an influential family and received a good education, he did not inherit his father’s wealth. He found success as a merchant and eventually became involved in politics. He would go on to serve alongside fellow New York delegates to the Continental Congress: William Floyd, Lewis Morris, and Francis Lewis. [Read more…]