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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clark, Abraham 1726- (search)
Clark, Abraham 1726- Signer of the Declaration of Independence; born in Elizabethtown, N. J., Feb. 15, 1726; was a strongminded and energetic man. Bred a farmer, he taught himself mathematics and a knowledge of law; and from his habit of giving legal advice gratuitously he was called the poor man's counsellor. Mr. Clark was a member of the committee of public safety in Elizabethtown, and was appointed (June 21, 1776), one of the five representatives of New Jersey in the Continental CongresMr. Clark was a member of the committee of public safety in Elizabethtown, and was appointed (June 21, 1776), one of the five representatives of New Jersey in the Continental Congress, where he voted for and signed the Declaration of Independence. He served in Congress (excepting a single session) until near the close of 1783. He was one of the commissioners of New Jersey who met at Annapolis in 1786 for the purpose of arranging national commercial intercourse, which led to the formation of the national Constitution the following year, in which labor he was chosen to be a participant; but ill-health compelled him to decline. In 1790 he was made a member of the second na
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Declaration of Independence. (search)
Attested, Charles Thompson, Secretary. New Hampshire. Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton. Massachusetts Bay. Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry. Rhode Island, Etc. Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery. Connecticut. Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott. New York. William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris. New Jersey. Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark. North Carolina. William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn. Georgia. Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton. Pennsylvania. Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamiin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, William Paca, George Ross. Delaware. Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean. Maryland. Samuel Chase, James Wilson, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Virginia. George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Har
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Federal convention, the. (search)
Pickering, Nicholas Gilman, and Benjamin West; Massachusetts—Francis Dana, Elbridge Gerry, Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King, and Caleb Strong; Connecticut—William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman, and Oliver Ellsworth; New York—Robert Yates, John Lansing, Jr., and Alexander Hamilton; New Jersey— David Brearley, William Churchill Hous- Signatures to the Constitution. Signatures to the Constitution. Signatures to the Constitution. ton, William Paterson, John Neilson, William Livingston, Abraham Clark, and Jonathan Dayton; Pennsylvania—Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Jared Ingersoll, Thomas Fitzsimons, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris, and Benjamin Franklin; Delaware—George Read, Gunning Bedford, Jr., John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, and Jacob Broom; Maryland—James McHenry, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll, John Francis Mercer, and Luther Martin; Virginia—George Washington, Patrick Henry, Edmund Randolph, John Blair, James Madison, Jr., George Maso
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Jersey, (search)
ernment, is arrested and sent to East Windsor, Conn., where (until exchanged in 1778) he is held as a prisoner......1776 Provincial Congress convenes at Burlington, June 10, 1776, appoints a committee to prepare a constitution, June 24, who report, June 26, a constitution, which is confirmed......July 2, 1776 Ordinance passed denouncing the penalty of treason upon all who should levy war against and within the State, or be adherent to the King of Great Britain......July 18, 1776 Abraham Clark, John Hart, Francis Hopkins, Richard Stockton, and John Witherspoon, delegates from New Jersey, sign the Declaration of Independence......Aug. 2, 1776 Legislature chooses William Livingston governor of the State......Aug. 31, 1776 Washington retreats through New Jersey.......November, 1776 Fort Washington being captured by the British, General Greene abandons Fort Lee, Bergen county......Nov. 19, 1776 Washington crosses the Delaware into Pennsylvania......Dec. 8, 1776 Batt