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date: 26 September 2020

Stockton, Richardlocked

(01 October 1730–28 February 1781)
  • Thomas L. Purvis


Stockton, Richard (01 October 1730–28 February 1781), lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, at his family’s mansion “Morven,” which became the state governor’s residence in 1956, the son of John Stockton, a Somerset County Court justice, and Abigail Phillips. The family was prominent among the landowning gentry, but their political reputation did not extend beyond their own neighborhood. Richard’s father, a Presbyterian convert from Quakerism, enrolled him at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1746....

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