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Morris, Lewis

(Encyclopedia) Morris, Lewis, 1671–1746, American colonial official, first lord of the manor of Morrisania in New York. The son of Richard Morris (d. 1672; see Morris, family), he was born in that…

Finley, Samuel

(Encyclopedia) Finley, Samuel, 1715–66, Presbyterian minister, president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), b. Ireland. He went to North America in 1734 and is believed to have studied…

Carteret, Sir George

(Encyclopedia) Carteret, Sir George kär´trt, c.1610–1680, proprietor of East Jersey (see New Jersey). He served in the British navy, fought for the royalists, and became (1643) lieutenant governor…

Clark, Abraham

(Encyclopedia) Clark, Abraham, 1726–94, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), N.J. After holding several local…

New Jersey

(Encyclopedia) New Jersey, Middle Atlantic state of the E United States. It is bordered by New York State (N and, across the Hudson River and New York Harbor, E), the Atlantic Ocean (E), Delaware,…

Paterson, William

(Encyclopedia) Paterson, William, 1745–1806, American political leader and jurist, b. Co. Antrim, Ireland. He emigrated to America as a child. Raised in New Jersey, he practiced law there and was…

Franklin, William

(Encyclopedia) Franklin, William, c.1730–1813, last royal governor of New Jersey; illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin. He grew up in Philadelphia, served in King George's War, and was (1754–56…

New Jersey

Capital: Trenton State abbreviation/Postal code: N.J./NJ Governor: Chris Christie, R (to Jan. 2018) Senators: Robert Menendez, D (to Jan. 2019); Cory Booker, D (to Jan. 2021) U.S. Representatives…

Dickinson, Jonathan

(Encyclopedia) Dickinson, Jonathan, 1688–1747, American Presbyterian clergyman, a founder and first president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton Univ.), b. Hatfield, Mass., grad. Yale, 1706…