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John Witherspoon
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Thank you for my freedom!
-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
 

- Mary Ann Weshinskey
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
 

- elaine bailey
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
 

- Brandon Burns
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
 

- R I P
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
 

- Lazer
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
 

- nathan
 Added: Oct. 3, 2014
 
A founding father, remembered on the 239th Independence Day.
- Robert Fowler
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
 

- Old Coot
 Added: May. 4, 2014
 
John Witherspoon: Sir, you will be remembered as a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey (176894; now Princeton University), he trained many leaders of the early nation and was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration of Independence. Upon his arrival at the College of New Jersey at Princeton, Witherspoon found the school in debt, instruction had become weak, and the library collection did not meet current student needs. At once he began fund-raising locally and back home in Scotland, added three hundred of his own books to the library, and began the purchase of scientific equipment: the Rittenhouse orrery, many maps and a "terrestrial" globe. He also firmed up entrance requirements. Witherspoon came to support the Revolution, joining the Committee of Correspondence and Safety in early 1774. His 1776 sermon "The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men" was published in many editions and he was elected to the Continental Congress as part of the New Jersey delegation, appointed Congressional Chaplain by President Hancock, and in July 1776, voted to adopt the Virginia Resolution for Independence. In answer to an objection that the country was not yet ready for independence, according to tradition he replied that it "was not only ripe for the measure, but in danger of rotting for the want of it." From among his students came 37 judges, three of whom made it to the U.S. Supreme Court; 10 Cabinet officers; 12 members of the Continental Congress, 28 U.S. senators, and 49 United States congressmen. His most prominent students were Aaron Burr and James Madison. When the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America met in 1789, 52 of the 188 delegates had studied under Witherspoon. The President's House in Princeton, New Jersey, his home from 1768 to 1779 is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. A bronze statue at Princeton University by Scottish sculptor Alexander Stoddart is the twin of one outside The University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland In Princeton today, a University dormitory built in 1877, the street running north from the University's main gate, and the local public middle school all bear his name. Another statue stands near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., at the intersections of Connecticut Avenue, N and 18th Streets. Witherspoon was portrayed in the musical 1776, about the debates over and eventual adoption of the Declaration of Independence, by Edmund Lyndeck in the 1969 stage play and by James Noble in the 1972 film. The Witherspoon Building at Philadelphia is named in his honor. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Reverend Witherspoon: thanks for you patriotism in the signing of the Declaration. You played a very important role in the founding of our nation, happy 291st birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 

- Bunny
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 

- BIRDMAN
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 

- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 
Happy Heavenly Birthday
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 

- David Wend
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014
 

- Dicky
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013
 

- pj
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013
 

- R I P
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013
 

- James Snow
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013
 
A Princetonian honors you for signing the Declaration of Independence and leading her alma mater
- Tigress
 Added: Jul. 4, 2013
 

- John Rogers
 Added: Mar. 6, 2013
 
John Witherspoon: Sir, you will be remembered as a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey (176894; now Princeton University), he trained many leaders of the early nation and was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration of Independence. Upon his arrival at the College of New Jersey at Princeton, Witherspoon found the school in debt, instruction had become weak, and the library collection did not meet current student needs. At once he began fund-raising locally and back home in Scotland, added three hundred of his own books to the library, and began the purchase of scientific equipment: the Rittenhouse orrery, many maps and a "terrestrial" globe. He also firmed up entrance requirements. Witherspoon came to support the Revolution, joining the Committee of Correspondence and Safety in early 1774. His 1776 sermon "The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men" was published in many editions and he was elected to the Continental Congress as part of the New Jersey delegation, appointed Congressional Chaplain by President Hancock, and in July 1776, voted to adopt the Virginia Resolution for Independence. In answer to an objection that the country was not yet ready for independence, according to tradition he replied that it "was not only ripe for the measure, but in danger of rotting for the want of it." From among his students came 37 judges, three of whom made it to the U.S. Supreme Court; 10 Cabinet officers; 12 members of the Continental Congress, 28 U.S. senators, and 49 United States congressmen. His most prominent students were Aaron Burr and James Madison. When the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America met in 1789, 52 of the 188 delegates had studied under Witherspoon. The President's House in Princeton, New Jersey, his home from 1768 to 1779 is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. A bronze statue at Princeton University by Scottish sculptor Alexander Stoddart is the twin of one outside The University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland In Princeton today, a University dormitory built in 1877, the street running north from the University's main gate, and the local public middle school all bear his name. Another statue stands near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., at the intersections of Connecticut Avenue, N and 18th Streets. Witherspoon was portrayed in the musical 1776, about the debates over and eventual adoption of the Declaration of Independence, by Edmund Lyndeck in the 1969 stage play and by James Noble in the 1972 film. The Witherspoon Building at Philadelphia is named in his honor. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Reverend Witherspoon: thanks for you patriotism in the signing of the Declaration. You played a very important role in the founding of our nation, happy 290th birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 5, 2013
 
Happy Birthday, Rest in eternal Peace
- Ann Joscher
 Added: Feb. 5, 2013
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Feb. 5, 2013
 

- Vicki Brewer Sexton
 Added: Dec. 24, 2012
 
Rest in peace, Reverend. Thank you for your dedication to American independence. God bless our forefathers and mothers whose courage and foresight left us with a great nation and a legacy of liberty for all.
- Sharon
 Added: Nov. 15, 2012
 

- peggy
 Added: Nov. 15, 2012
 
Thank you for all you did in Scotland , New Jersey ( Eand W. Jersey then ) and the new US!G B Y ! (GOD BLESS YOU)
- A AAA American at Find A Grave
 Added: Aug. 17, 2012
 
Thank you my Dear Cousin For all you did for our Freedom! God Bless You! and God Bless America!!!
- KA Ty
 Added: Aug. 15, 2012
 

- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: May. 2, 2012
 
Reverend Witherspoon: thanks for you patriotism in the signing of the Declaration. You played a very important role in the founding of our nation, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 5, 2012
 

- Cindy
 Added: Feb. 5, 2012
 
Thanks, John! This is an ancestor of the actress Reese Witherspoon too. Thanks to him and other patriots, we have the greatest nation on earth.
- Sharon
 Added: Feb. 5, 2012
 
I light a candle for John Witherspoon ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
 

- David Taylor
 Added: Dec. 31, 2011
 
Reverend Witherspoon: thanks for you patriotism in the signing of the Declaration. You played a very important role in the founding of our nation, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Nov. 15, 2011
 

- Mike
 Added: Nov. 15, 2011
 

- Cindy
 Added: Nov. 15, 2011
 

- Diddy & Doodle
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 

- M*A*S*H fan
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 
"He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind." A sermon-John Witherspoon, May 17, 1776
- Fellow Calvinist
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 
Happy Independence Day and Thank you.
- MadelineS
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 

- Sharon
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 
Thank you.
- Tammy
 Added: Jun. 4, 2011
 
Thank you to one of the First American Warriors.
- Linda Davis
 Added: Jun. 1, 2011
 

- luvshistory
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011
 
Reverend Witherspoon: thanks for you patriotism in the signing of the Declaration. You played a very important role in the founding of our nation, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011
 

- Palm Springs Girl
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011
 

- LaDene
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011
 
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