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William Churchill Houston

William Churchill Houston, American Continental congressman. member Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1775-1776, 79-82, 84-85, deputy secretary, 1775, 76; member New Jersey Assembly, 1776,; member New Jersey Council of Safety 1778.

Background

  • Houston, William Churchill was born in 1746 in South Carolina, circa. Son of Archibald and Margaret Houston.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1768.

    Career

    • Professor mathematics and natural philosophy College of New Jersey, 1771-1783. Captain Somerset County Foot Militia, 1776-1777. Member Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1775-1776, 79-82, 84-85, deputy secretary, 1775, 76.

      Member New Jersey Assembly, 1776, member commission to settle public accounts, clerk pro tem. Member New Jersey Council of Safety 1778. Admitted to New Jersey bar, 1781.

      Clerk New Jersey Supreme Court, 1781-1788. Receiver Continental taxes in New Jersey, 1782-1785. Delegate to Annapolis (Maryland.) Convention, also United States Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia did not sign United States Constn.

    Membership

    Member Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1775-1776, 79-82, 84-85, deputy secretary, 1775, 76. Member New Jersey Assembly, 1776. Member New Jersey Council of Safety 1778.

    Connections

    • Married Jane Smith, 4 children.
    • father: Archibald Houston
    • mother: Margaret Houston
    • spouse: Jane Smith
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    Born 1746
    Died August 12, 1788
    (aged 42)
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