STOCKTON, Richard, (1764 - 1828)

Senate Years of Service: 1796-1799
Party: Federalist

STOCKTON, Richard, (son of Richard Stockton [1730-1781], father of Robert Field Stockton, grandfather of John Potter Stockton, and uncle of Richard Stockton Field), a Senator and a Representative from New Jersey; born in Princeton, N.J., April 17, 1764; tutored privately; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1779; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1784 and commenced practice in Princeton, N.J.; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frederick Frelinghuysen and served from November 12, 1796, to March 3, 1799; declined to be a candidate for reelection; unsuccessful candidate for governor of New Jersey in 1801, 1803, and 1804; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); declined to be a candidate for renomination to the Fourteenth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died at ‘Morven,’ near Princeton, Mercer County, N.J., March 7, 1828; interment in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, N.J.


Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Stockton, Thomas Coates. The Stockton Family of New Jersey and Other Stocktons. Washington, D.C.: Carnahan Press, 1911.