CRANE, Stephen, (1709 - 1780)


CRANE, Stephen, (grandfather of Joseph Halsey Crane), a Delegate from New Jersey; born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), N.J., in July 1709; sheriff of Essex County; was chosen by the Elizabethtown Associates to go to England and lay a petition before the King in 1743; member of the town committee in 1750; judge of the court of common pleas during the agitation over the stamp act; member of the State general assembly 1766-1773 and served as speaker in 1771; mayor of Elizabethtown 1772-1774; was appointed chairman of the county committee of New Brunswick in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; chairman of the town committee in 1776; member of the State council in 1776, 1777, and 1779; died in Elizabeth, N.J., July 1, 1780; interment in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.