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John Witherspoon

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon

Profession: Presbyterian Minister

United States of America

Biography: As president of the College of New Jersey, which is now Princeton University, he trained many leaders of the early nation and was an active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Born: February 5, 1723
Birthplace: Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 15, 1794 (aged 71)

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Historical Events

  • 1776-07-01 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies
  • 1776-07-04 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain
  • 1776-07-06 American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
  • 1776-07-09 Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops in New York
  • 1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

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