STOCKTON, Richard, (father of Richard Stockton [1764-1828], grandfather of Richard
Stockton Field and Robert Field Stockton, and great-grandfather of John Potter Stockton),
a Delegate from New Jersey; born at Morven, near Princeton, Somerset County,
N.J., October 1, 1730; attended Nottingham Academy in Cecil County, Md., and was graduated in
the first class from Princeton College, in 1748; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1754 and
commenced practice in Princeton, N.J.; member of the executive council of New Jersey from
November 2, 1768, to June 17, 1776; associate justice of the state supreme court from February 28,
1774, to June 17, 1776; Member of the Continental Congress in 1776; a signer of the Declaration of
Independence; unsuccessful candidate for governor of New Jersey on August 31, 1776; elected
chief justice of the state supreme court on August 31, 1776, but declined the office; resumed the
practice of law; died at Morven, near Princeton, N.J., February 28, 1781; interment in Stoney
Brook Meeting House Burial Ground near Princeton, N.J.
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