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John Witherspoon

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon

Profession: Presbyterian Minister

Nationality:
United States of America
American
Scotland
Scottish

Why Famous: 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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Events in the Life of John Witherspoon

  • 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 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 (NY)
  • 1776-08-02 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)
  • 1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

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