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Early Life and Family


Richard was born near Princeton, New Jersey. He was born into a Quaker family that was among the community's earliest settlers. He attended Samuel Finley's academy at Nottingham, which later became West Nottingham Academy. Then he attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and graduated in 1748. He later studied law with David Ogden, of Newark, who was at that time the head of the legal profession in the province. Richard was addimted to the bar in 1754, and soon rose to great distinction. He was a longtime friend of George Washington. His wife was Annis Boudinot Stockton, sister of New Jersey statesman Elias Boudinot. The Stockton's had six children. Their son Richard Stockton became a highly ranked lawyer and a well known federalist leader. Coincidentally, Elias Boudinot was married to Richard's sister Hannah Stockton.


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After Princeton, Richard Stockton became a lawyer. In 1774 he was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court as a justice. At first he was a netrulist and did not favor the colonies or great bitain. He didn't favor seperation, but he suggested in 1764 that some colonial members be appointed to the Parliment. However, he changed his position a year later when the controversy over the Stamp Act arose. In 1774 he drafted and sent to Lord Dartmouth "with a plan of self-government for America, independent of Parliament, without renouncing the crown." This commonwealth approach was not acceptable to the King.

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Stockton and his wife had six children, four daughters and two sons: Julia (married to Ben Rush, also a signer of the Declaration), Mary, Susan, Richard, Lucius and Abigail.
Richard died at his family's estate in Princeton on Febuary 28, 1781, and was buried at the Stony Brook Meeting House and Cemetary.
Stockton's oldest son Richard was a highly ranked lawyer and later a Senator from New Jersey. His son, Commodore Robert Feild Stockton was a hero of the War of 1812, and in 1846 became the first military governor of California, and later a Senator from New Jersey.
In 1888, the state of New Jersey donated a marble statue of Richard Stockton to the US Capitol's Natinoal Statuary Hall Collection. He is one of only six signers to be honored.

In 1969, the New Jersey Lesistature passed legislation establishing a state college which was named after Richard Stockton, to honor the memory of New Jersey's signer of the Declaration of Independence. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is the current name for this educational institution which was previously known under the names Stockton State College and Richard Stockton State College.


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Early Life and Family

Ceaser was born on his family's farm, which was north of John Dickson's mansion. He was the son of Caesar and Mary Crawford Rodney. Caesar Rodney was first educated at home, but later attended the Latin School in Pilladelphia. His father died in 1745, when Ceaser was 17. As the oldest son he had to run his family's farm for 10 years before entering politics.
His mother remarried, and had 2 additional kids, but she died in 1763. The responsibility for raising the kid was passed on to Ceaser. He was very close to his brother Thomas Rodney, and his half sister Sally Wilson, who kept house for him. He never married. According to his tradition, He courted Marry Vining.



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