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Elias Dayton
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Elias Dayton took an active and patriotic part in the measures which led to the Declaration of Independence. As colonel of militia he had command of the Elizabeth Town Volunteers, who captured (Jan’. 23, 1776) the "Blue Mountain Valley." He was commissioned colonel of the Third New Jersey Regiment of regulars Feb. 9, 1776, and took part with his regiment in the defense of Ticonderoga. His gallant conduct through the war has been already related. On the resignation of Gen. Maxwell, July 20, 1780, he was put in command of the New Jersey Brigade. He took part in the affairs of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and Yorktown, and accompanied Gen. Sullivan in 1779 on his Western expedition. He was commissioned as a brigadier-general Jan. 8, 1783, and June 5, 1793, as a major-general of the Second Division of New Jersey militia. In 1779 he was chosen a member of Congress, and declined, but was a delegate in 1787—88. He was for several years a member of the New Jersey Legislature. He would have been appointed to the Unite States Constitutional Convention in 1787, but declined in favor of his son Jonathan. He was frequently appointed to office in his native town, as a member and president of the board of trustees for many years of the Presbyterian Church, as a member of the corporation, and from 1796 to 1805, with the exception of a single year, as mayor of the borough. He was the first President of the Cincinnati of New Jersey. In person and bearing he strongly resembled Gen. Washington. He died of gout, in the stomach, and on Saturday, 24th, the corpse was removed to the Presbyterian Church.
Added by: Gregory Speciale
1/13/2006
 
 

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