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New Jersey,

One of the middle Atlantic States of the United States of America, lies between lat. 38° 56′ and 41° 21′ N., and long. 73° 53' 51″ and 75° 33′ W. It is bounded on the north by New York, east by New York and Atlantic Ocean, south by Delaware Bay, and west by Delaware and Pennsylvania, from which it is separated by the Delaware River. Area, 8,715 square miles, in twenty-one counties. Population in 1890, 1,444,933; 1900, 1,883,669. Capital, Trenton.

Henry Hudson, in the ship Half Moon, enters Delaware Bay, Aug. 28, 1609, and coasts the eastern shore of New Jersey on his way to Sandy Hook, where he anchors......Sept. 3, 1609

First Dutch settlement on the Delaware is made near Gloucester, N. J., where Fort Nassau is built......1623

Capt. Thomas Young, receiving a commission from Charles I., sails up the Delaware River to Trenton Falls......Sept. 1, 1634

Number of English families settle on Salem Creek, at a place called by the Indians Asamohaking......1640

Dutch acquire by deed a large tract of land in the eastern part of New Jersey called Bergen......Jan. 30, 1658

Royal charter executed by Charles II., in favor of the Duke of York, of the whole region between the Connecticut and Delaware rivers......March 20, 1664

Present State of New Jersey granted by the Duke of York to Lord John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret by deed of lease and release, to be called Nova Caesaria, or New Jersey......June 23-24, 1664

By license from Colonel Nicholls, governor under the Duke of York, a company, the “Elizabethtown associates,” purchase the site of Elizabethtown from Indians, and establish the first permanent settlement in New Jersey......Oct. 28, 1664

Philip Carteret, appointed first English governor of New Jersey, arrives at Elizabethtown with thirty settlers......August, 1665

Newark settled by thirty families from Connecticut......May 17, 1666

Grant of 276 acres issued for Hoboken......May 12, 1668

Session of the first legislative Assembly of New Jersey held at Elizabethtown......May 26, 1668

Bergen chartered......Sept. 22, 1668

Settlers under grants from Governor Nicholls form an independent government whose deputies at Elizabethtown elect James Carteret governor......May 14, 1672

Gov. Philip Carteret returns to England to lay the matter of the government of New Jersey before the proprietors......1672

First Friends' meeting-house built at Shrewsbury......1672

Lord Berkeley sells his half interest in the province to two English Quakers, John Fenwick and Edward Byllinge......March 18, 1673

New Netherlands, including New Jersey, surrendered to the Dutch......July, 1673

New Jersey again becomes an English province, under treaty of peace between England and Holland......Feb. 9, 1674

Edward Byllinge, becoming financially embarrassed, assigns his contract to William Penn and others......Feb. 10, 1674

Philip Carteret returns and resumes authority in New Jersey, meeting the General Assembly at Bergen......Nov. 6, 1674

Fenwick, sailing from London in the ship Griffith, arrives with a small company of Quakers and settles at Salem......June, 1675 [443]

“Concessions and agreements” of the proprietors of the Fenwick and Byllinge purchase in New Jersey issued; Fenwick to have one-tenth interest, and the assignees of Byllinge nine-tenths, and a government established......March 3, 1676

Quintipartite deed executed between William Penn and others, assignees of Byllinge, and Sir George Carteret, for a division of New Jersey into east and west, by a line drawn from Little Egg Harbor to the most northerly point or boundary on the Delaware, Carteret retaining east Jersey......July 1, 1676

Richard Hartshore and Richard Guy, of east Jersey, and James Wasse sent from England, authorized to establish a government for west Jersey, by the proprietors......Aug. 18, 1676

Nine executive commissioners appointed by the proprietors of west Jersey under a constitution promulgated March 3, 1676, accompanied by a large number of settlers, arrive from England and purchase from the Indians a tract of land on the Delaware between Assunpink and Old Man's Creek......August, 1677

Burlington laid out by agents of the London Land Company......1677

Ship Shields, from Hull, the first ship to ascend the Delaware to Burlington, bringing settlers......Dec. 10, 1678

Sir George Carteret, proprietor of east Jersey, dies......1679

Sir Edmund Andros claims the government of New Jersey, which repudiates his authority......June 2, 1680

Duke of York having submitted the claim of governmental power in New Jersey to a commission, which decides against Andros, he makes a second grant of west Jersey to the proprietors, Aug. 6, and of east Jersey......Sept. 6, 1680

Vicinity of Trenton settled by Phineas Pemberton......1680

First Assembly meets at Burlington and organizes a government, with Samuel Jennings as deputy governor......Nov. 25, 1681

Carteret's heirs sell east Jersey to a company of proprietors, including William Penn and eleven others......Feb. 1-2, 1682

Penn Company, now increased to twenty-four proprietors, secure a new conveyance of east Jersey from the Duke of York, with full powers of government......March 14, 1682

Robert Barclay appointed for life first governor of east Jersey under the new proprietary, with Thomas Rudyard as deputy......1682

Revenues of Matenicunk Island, in the Delaware opposite Burlington, set apart for education. This is believed to be the first school fund in America......1683

Perth Amboy laid out into lots......1683

First tavern or hotel in the province established at Woodbridge......1683

Site of Camden occupied by Messrs. Cooper, Runyon, and Morris......1684

First Episcopal church in New Jersey, St. Peter's, founded at Perth Amboy......1685

Byllinge dies, and Dr. Samuel Coxe, of London, purchases his interest in west Jersey......1687

First Baptist church in east Jersey built at Middletown......1688

Governor Barclay dies......Oct. 3, 1690

Presbyterian churches established in Freehold and Woodbridge......1692

First school law of the State enacted by the General Assembly of east New Jersey at Perth Amboy, to maintain a school-master within the town......Oct. 12, 1693

Burlington incorporated......1693

Salem incorporated......1695

Government of New Jersey surrendered to the crown, and both provinces united......April 17, 1702

Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, appointed governor of New York and New Jersey by Queen Anne......Nov. 16, 1702

General Assembly meets at Perth Amboy......Nov. 10, 1703

First association of Seventh-day Baptists formed in Piscataway......April, 1707

Lord Cornbury, removed from office by Queen Anne, is imprisoned for debt by his creditors......1709

Paper money first issued in New Jersey......1709

Assembly votes to aid the English expedition against the French in Canada......July 16, 1711

Schuyler copper-mines near Belleville discovered by Arent Schuyler......1719

First freestone quarried in New Jersey......1721

Law providing for triennial elections of deputies to Assembly and triennial sessions alternately at Burlington and Amboy......1727 [444]

Governor Montgomery dies July 1, 1731

Executive of New Jersey separated from New York, and Lewis Morris appointed governor......1738

Weekly mail from Philadelphia to New York, carried by post-boys through New Jersey, established......1739

Rev. George Whitefield visits Elizabethtown......1740

First iron run at furnace in Oxford, Warren county......March 9, 1743

Governor Morris dies at Kingsbury, near Trenton......May 21, 1746

College of New Jersey, at Elizabethtown, incorporated......1746

College of New Jersey removed to Newark......1748

Trenton public library founded......1750

First printing-press in the province established at Woodbridge by James Parker......1751

College of New Jersey finally located at Princeton, and Nassau Hall erected......1756

Stage line established from New York to Philadelphia by way of Perth Amboy and Trenton......November, 1756

Governor Jonathan Belcher dies, aged seventy-six......Aug. 31, 1757

New American magazine, published at Woodbridge by James Parker, and edited by Samuel Nevil......January, 1758

Special conference with Indians at Easton; the governor, Francis Bernard, obtains from the chief of the united nations of the Minisinks, Wapings, and other tribes, for $1,000, a release of the Indian title to every portion of New Jersey......Oct. 18, 1758

William Franklin, natural son of Benjamin Franklin, appointed governor (the last royal governor of New Jersey)......1763

William Coxe, appointed stamp distributer in New Jersey, voluntarily resigns his office......September, 1765

Joseph Borden, Hendrick Fisher, and Robert Ogden, delegates to a convention of nine colonies at New York, Oct. 7, 1765; it publishes a declaration of rights, and adjourns......Oct. 24, 1765

First medical society in the colonies organized in New Jersey......July 23, 1766

Rutgers College, at New Brunswick, chartered under the name of Queen's College by George III......1770

Isaac Collins, appointed public printer for New Jersey, begins the publication of an almanac which continues twenty years......1771

Stephen Crane, John de Hart, James Kinsey, William Livingston, and Richard Smith chosen delegates to the Congress at Philadelphia by a convention at New Brunswick......July 21, 1774

Assembly of New Jersey unanimously approves the proceedings of Congress as reported by the delegates......Jan. 11, 1775

Provincial Congress of New Jersey, at Trenton, elects Hendrick Fisher president, and assumes authority......May 23, 1775

Provincial legislature, convened by Governor Franklin, Nov. 16, is prorogued......Dec. 6, 1775

Governor Franklin, sympathizing with the action of the British government, 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

Battle of Trenton......Dec. 26, 1776

Battle of Princeton......Jan. 3, 1777

Army under Washington winters at Morristown......1777

General Maxwell captures Elizabethtown together with 100 British troops......Jan. 23, 1777

Five vessels, part of a fleet bringing supplies for the British at New Brunswick, are sunk near Amboy......Feb. 26, 1777 [445]

General Howe evacuates New Jersey for the purpose of approaching Philadelphia by water, crossing to Staten Island......June 30, 1777

By act of Assembly the word “State” is substituted for “colony” in the constitution adopted in 1776......Sept. 20, 1777

Battle at Fort Mercer. Colonel Greene repulses a force of Hessians under Count Donop......Oct. 22, 1777

New Jersey Gazette, the first newspaper in the State, is published at Burlington by Isaac Collins......Dec. 3, 1777

Battle of Monmouth Court-house......June 28, 1778

Isaac Collins prints 5,000 copies of a family Bible at Trenton......1778

Assembly ratifies the Articles of Confederation......Nov. 19, 1778

John Witherspoon and Nathaniel Scudder, the delegates from New Jersey, sign the Articles of Confederation......Nov. 26, 1778

British at Paulus Hook surprised by Maj. Henry Lee......Aug. 19, 1779

New Jersey Journal established by Shepherd Kollock at Chatham......1779

American army winters at Morristown......December, 1779

Five thousand troops under General Clinton drive back the Americans under General Greene at Springfield, burn the town, and then retreat......June 23, 1780

Elias Boudinot, of New Jersey, chosen president of the Continental Congress......Nov. 4, 1782

Continental Congress meets at Princeton......June 30, 1783

New Brunswick incorporated......1784

Continental Congress meets at Trenton......Nov. 1, 1784

William Livingston, David Brearley, William Patterson, and Jonathan Dayton, delegates from New Jersey, sign the Constitution of the United States......Sept. 17, 1787

Constitution of the United States adopted unanimously without amendments by the Assembly of New Jersey......Dec. 18, 1787

General Washington is received by a committee of Congress at Elizabethtown, April 23, and escorted to New York, where he is inaugurated President of the United States......April 30, 1789

Governor Livingston dies at Elizabethtown......July 25, 1790

Trenton made the capital of the State......Nov. 25, 1790

Trenton incorporated......Nov. 13, 1792

First factory at Paterson built, and calico goods printed, the first in New Jersey......1794

Inter-State traffic in slaves forbidden by the legislature......March 14, 1798

Women vote at the Elizabethtown municipal election......1800

[The constitution of 1776 permitted women to vote.]

Morris turnpike, from Elizabethtown to the Delaware River, chartered......March 1, 1801

Act for the gradual abolition of slavery, making free all persons born in the State after July 4, 1804, passed......Feb. 15, 1804

Newark bank and insurance company chartered......1804

Act confining suffrage to white male citizens......Nov. 16, 1807

Princeton Theological Seminary established by the Presbyterian Church......1812

Act passed creating a fund for free schools......Feb. 12, 1817

Jersey City incorporated......Jan. 28, 1820

Samuel L. Southard, of New Jersey, Secretary of the Navy......Sept. 16, 1823

Morris Canal, from Newark to Phillipsburg, on the Delaware, commenced......1825

Camden and Amboy Railroad incorporated......Feb. 4, 1830

Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, purchases an estate of 1,400 acres at Bordentown, immediately after the downfall of his brother at Waterloo, where he resides until......1832

Legislature appropriates $2,000 to extinguish all Indian titles to land in the State......1832

Boundary between New Jersey and New York settled by a board of joint commissioners is confirmed by legislatures of both States in February, and by act of Congress......June 28, 1834

Mahlon Dickerson appointed Secretary of the Navy under President Jackson......June 30, 1834

St. Mary's Hall, college for the superior instruction of women, chartered and opened at Burlington......1837

John Stevens, engineer and inventor, petitions Congress for protection to [446] inventors, which results in the patent laws of April 10, 1790. He builds a steamboat propelled by twin screws that navigates the Hudson River in 1804. Establishes a steam ferry from Hoboken to New York City, Oct. 11, 1811, and at the age of seventy-eight builds an experimental locomotive, which carries passengers at 12 miles an hour on his experimental track at Hoboken, in 1826. He dies at Hoboken......March 6, 1838

At the State election for members of the House of Representatives, the returns are contested, the Democratic candidates claiming a majority of about 100 votes in a poll of 57,000. The Whig candidates receive certificates of election under the “Broad” seal of the State......Oct. 9, 10, 1838

A speaker of the House was elected (Robert M. T. Hunter) by compromise, but the five Democratic contestants are seated on the report of a committee declaring them elected by a vote of 111 to 81......July 16, 1839

Clerk of the House of Representatives, H. A. Garland, of Virginia, refuses to call the names of the Whig delegates from New Jersey, on the ground that the seats were disputed at the opening of Congress (as there were five contested seats, and as the House stood, without New Jersey, 118 Whigs to 119 Democrats, success to either party in this controversy meant a control of the House; hence the controversy)......Dec. 2, 1839

[This governmental flurry is known as the “Broad seal War.” ]

New Jersey Historical Society founded at Trenton......Feb. 27. 1840

Constitutional convention assembles at Trenton, May 14, completes its labors, June 29, and the constitution is ratified by the people......Aug. 13, 1844

Town superintendent of schools first authorized......April 7, 1846

State union convention at Trenton resolves in favor of a compromise between the Northern and Southern States......Dec. 11, 1860

Committee on national affairs in the legislature report joint resolutions endorsing the Crittenden compromise, which were adopted......Jan. 25, 1861

Legislature appropriates $2,000,000, and an annual tax of $100,000 for military purposes......April 30, 1861

In response to a proclamation by Governor Olden, April 17, four regiments of New Jersey volunteers, under General Runyon, are despatched to Annapolis......May 3, 1861

Rutgers Scientific School at New Brunswick opened......September, 1865

State board of education established......1866

Legislature ratifies the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States......Sept. 11, 1866

Home for disabled soldiers established at Mount Pleasant, Newark......1866

Legislature, by resolution, withdraws its ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment......April, 1868

George M. Robeson, of New Jersey, Secretary of the Navy......June 25, 1869

Camden and Amboy Railroad and Delaware and Raritan Canal surrender their reserved rights, after forty years of monopoly, opening the carrying-trade across the State......1869

Governor of New Jersey accepts the warvessel bequeathed to the State by Edwin A. Stevens, known as the “Stevens battery,” together with $1,000,000 for its completion, which is placed under the superintendence of Gen. George B. McClellan and Gen. John Newton......1869

Legislature refuses to ratify the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States......Feb. 15, 1870

Stevens Institute of Technology at Hoboken opened......1871

Free school system inaugurated in New Jersey......April, 1871

Legislature passes a “general railroad law,” providing that “no franchise heretofore granted to construct a railroad, or to build or establish bridges or ferries, or operate any line of travel shall hereafter continue to be or be construed to remain exclusive” ......1873

Compulsory education law passed......1874

By act of legislature, March 27, 1874, the Stevens Battery, in construction since 1843, which had cost over $2,500,000, still unfinished, is sold to United States government for $145,000......Nov. 2, 1874

People ratify twenty-eight amendments to the constitution, proposed by the legislatures of 1847 and 1875......Sept. 7, 1875 [447]

Act passed creating a State board of health......1877

Centennial anniversary of the capture of Princeton celebrated by a mock fight of Newark and Pennsylvania militia......Jan. 3, 1877

Convention of colored men held at Princeton to consider the condition of their race, politically and socially......Aug. 22, 1877

Bureau of labor statistics created by act of legislature......1878

Liberal League of New Jersey, the outgrowth of the Citizens' Protective Association of Newark, in State convention at Newark, demand remodelling of the Sunday laws......September, 1879

Thomas Alva Edison establishes a laboratory at Menlo Park, 1876; exhibits his newly invented system of electric lighting by incandescent carbon vacuum lamps......December, 1879

Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen appointed Secretary of State under President Arthur......Dec. 12, 1881

Act passed to create a council of State charities and correction, to consist of six persons appointed by the governor......March 28, 1883

Law enacted to abolish and prohibit the employment under contract of convicts and inmates of prisons, jails, penitentiaries, and all public reformatory institutions of the State......1884

Gen. George B. McClellan, born 1826, dies at Orange......Oct. 29, 1885

State board of agriculture established......1887

Act of legislature passed making Labor Day, the first Monday in September, a legal holiday, and giving women the right to vote at school-district meetings......1887

Local option and high license law, passed in 1888, is repealed, and a high license law enacted......1889

Horatio Allen, the first locomotive engineer in the United States, dies at Montrose, aged eighty-eight......Jan. 1, 1890

Governor's salary raised to $10,000 a year by law......Jan. 15, 1890

Australian ballot law adopted at session ending......May 23, 1890

Strike of over 3,000 employes in the Clark thread mills at Newark and Kearney begins......Dec. 10, 1890

Saturday half-holiday established, and Rutgers Scientific School awarded the funds granted by Congress in aid of colleges of agriculture and mechanic arts at session......Jan. 13–March 20, 1891

Spinners' strike in the Clark thread mills declared off......April 18, 1891

Smokeless powder used for the first time in this country at Sandy Hook in an 8-inch rifled gun......July 25, 1891

Walt Whitman, poet, born 1819, dies at Camden......March 26, 1892

United States practice cruiser Bancroft, the first war-ship built in the State, is launched at the yards of Samuel L. Moore & Sons Co. in Elizabeth......April 30, 1892

City of Paterson celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding......July 4, 1892

Horse-racing during December, January, and February forbidden......1893

Battle monument at Trenton unveiled......Oct. 19, 1893

Democrats and Republicans organize separate Senates at Trenton—the governor recognizing the Democratic Senate......Jan. 9, 1894

Republican Senators force their way into the Senate chamber......Jan. 10, 1894

Supreme Court of New Jersey decides that the Republican Senate is lawful......March 21, 1894

Republican Senate recognized as the legal Senate......March 22, 1894

William Walter Phelps dies at Englewood......June 17, 1894

Railroad accident near Atlantic City, forty-seven killed and seventy injured......July 31, 1896

George M. Robeson, ex-Secretary of the Navy, dies at Trenton......Sept. 27, 1897

Vice-President Hobart dies at Paterson, N. J.......Nov. 21, 1899

Andrew Carnegie gives $50,000 to East Orange for a public library; William M. Johnson $40,000 to Hackensack, Charles Danforth $20,000 to Paterson; Dr. William Sticker $100,000 to Orange......1900

Carnegie Company incorporated with a capital of $160,000,000......March 24, 1900;

North German Lloyd's piers in Hoboken burned (several hundred lives lost and property valued at $10,000,000 destroyed)......June 30, 1900 [448]

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