Continental Congress, The

Continental Congress, The (1774-1789) numbered among its members Princeton alumni representing all of the colony-states except Massachusetts. The Congress also benefited from the services of two officers of the College: President John Witherspoon, a member for six years, and Trustee Elias Boudinot, president of the Congress in 1782-1783. In the summer and early fall of the latter year, the Congress met in Princeton.

Following is a list of delegates who attended Princeton, compiled from biographical sketches of members of the Continental Congress in the 1972 edition of the Biographical Directory of the American Congress, and further supplemented by material in Princetonians 1748-1768: A Biographical Dictionary.

CONNECTICUT
Oliver Ellsworth 1766 (1777-1784)
Jesse Root 1756 (1778-1783)
Pierpont Edwards 1768 (1787-1788)

DELAWARE
Gunning Bedford, Jr. 1771 (1783-1785)

GEORGIA
*Joseph Habersham (1783-1784)
*John Habersham (1785)

MARYLAND
*Benjamin Rumsey (1776-1778)
John Henry 1769 (1778-1781, 1784-1787)
Nathaniel Ramsay 1767 (1785-1787)

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Samuel Livermore 1752 (1780-1782, 1785)

NEW JERSEY
Richard Stockton 1748 (1776)
Jonathan D. Sergeant 1762 (1776, 1777)
Nathaniel Scudder 1751 (1777-1779, 1778-1781)
Frederick Frelinghuysen 1770 (1778, 1779, 1782, 1783)
William C. Houston 1768 (1779-1781, 1784, 1785)
William Burnet 1749 (1780-1781)
John Beatty 1769 (1783-1785)
Jonathan Dayton 1776 (1787-1789)

NEW YORK
Walter Livingston 1759 (1784, 1785)

NORTH CAROLINA
*Joseph Hewes (1774-1777, 1779)
Benjamin Hawkins 1777 (1781-1784, 1786, 1787)
Alexander Martin 1756 (1786-1787)

PENNSYLVANIA
Benjamin Rush 1760 (1776, 1777)
Joseph Reed 1757 (1777, 1778)
Jonathan B. Smith 1760 (1777-1778)
Joseph Montgomery 1755 (1780-1782)
James R. Reid 1775 (1787-1789)
Henry Wynkoop 1760 (1779-1783)

RHODE ISLAND
David Howell 1766 (1782-1785)
James Manning 1762 (1785, 1786)

SOUTH CAROLINA
Richard Hutson 1765 (1778-1779)
David Ramsay 1765 (1782-1786)

VIRGINIA
James Madison 1771 (1780-1783, 1786-1788)
Henry Lee, Jr. 1773 (1785-1788)

*Although attendance at Princeton was indicated in the Biographical Directory of the American Congress, precise confirmation of the fact was not possible when this list was compiled.


From Alexander Leitch, A Princeton Companion, copyright Princeton University Press (1978).

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