BOUDINOT, Elias, a Delegate and a Representative from New Jersey; born in
Philadelphia, Pa., May 2, 1740; received a classical education; studied law;
was admitted to the bar in 1760 and commenced practice in Elizabethtown, N.J.;
member of the board of trustees of Princeton College 1772-1821; member of the
committee of safety in 1775; commissary general of prisoners in the
Revolutionary Army 1776-1779; Member of the Continental Congress in 1778, 1781,
1782 and 1783, serving as President in 1782 and 1783, and signing the treaty of
peace with England; resumed the practice of law; elected as a
Pro-Administration candidate to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March
4, 1789-March 3, 1795); was not a candidate for renomination in 1794 to the
Fourth Congress; Director of the Mint from October 1795 to July 1805, when he
resigned; elected first president of the American Bible Society, in 1816; died
in Burlington, Burlington County, N.J., October 24, 1821; interment in St.
Mary's Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery.
BibliographyBoyd, George Adams.
Elias Boudinot: Patriot and Statesman, 1740-1821. 1952.
Reprint, Westwood, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1969.