signed the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration mentioned God four times:
"Laws of Nature and of NATURE'S GOD...
All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with
certain unalienable Rights...
Appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of our
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on
the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE,
we mutually pledge to each
other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
Richard Stockton's brother-in-law, Elias Boudinot, was
President of the Continental Congress for a term, signed the Treaty of
Paris, and founded the American Bible Society.
Richard Stockton's son, also named Richard Stockton, was a U.S.
Senator from New Jersey.
His grandson, Robert F.
Stockton, was a U.S. Navy Commodore and a hero of the War of 1812.
He helped freed slaves found the country of Liberia, West Africa.
In 1846, Robert F. Stockton
defeated the Mexican army and captured California, serving as its first
was named for Commodore Richard
Prior to the Revolutionary War, Richard Stockton traveled to England
in 1767, where he met with many leaders: Edmund Burke, the Marquis of
Rockingham, the Earl of Chatham, and even King George III,
acknowledging the repeal of the Stamp
The Stamp Act,
passed by the British Parliament in 1765, required a tax on every piece
of printed paper, including legal documents, licenses, newspapers, and
publications, effectively restricting communication among American citizens.
Richard Stockton, who was a trustee of Princeton
College, traveled to Scotland where he met with a young Princeton graduate attending medical school there
- Benjamin Rush.
later married Richard Stockton's daughter, Julia.
Richard Stockton and Benjamin Rush persuaded Rev. John Witherspoon to
come to America
and be the new President of Princeton.
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In 1776, Richard Stockton,
and John Witherspoon
joined the other delegates in the Continental Congress in signing the
Declaration of Independence, pledging
their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
When the British invaded New
Jersey, Richard Stockton and his family had
to flee for their lives.
Richard was betrayed by loyalists, dragged from his bed at night and
imprisoned in New York.
His farm was pillaged and his library, one of the best in the country,
health was broken from over a year in the British prison and he died bankrupt at age 51 on FEBRUARY 28, 1781.
placed a statue of Richard
Stockton in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.
wrote in his Will:
"As my children...may be peculiarly impressed with the last words
of their father, I think proper here, not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great
leading doctrine of the Christian religion...
but also in the heart of a
father's affection, to exhort them to remember 'that the fear of the
Lord is the beginning of wisdom.'"
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