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John Neilson

John Neilson, American army officer, Continental congressman. member Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1778-1779; member New Jersey Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1790; member New Jersey Assembly, 1800-1801.

Background

  • Neilson, John was born on March 11, 1745 in Raritan Landing, New Jersey, United States. Son of Doctor John and Joanna (Coejeman) Neilson.

  • Education

    • Attended University of Pennsylvania.

    Career

    • Commd captain during Revolutionary War. Made colonel by Pennsylvania Provincial Congress, 1775. Commissioned colonel 2d Regiment, Middlesex Militia, 1776.

      Commissioned brigadier general New Jersey Militia, 1777. Member Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1778-1779. In command New Jersey Militia at Elizabethtown and Newark, 1779.

      Deputy quartermaster general for New Jersey, 1780-1783. Member New Jersey Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1790. Judge New Jersey Court of Common Pleas, 1795-1798.

      Member New Jersey Assembly, 1800-1801. Register-recorder New Brunswick (New Jersey), 1796-1821. Elder, trustee 1st Presbyterian Church of New Brunswick.

      Trustee Rutgers College, 1782-1833. Presented with a sword by Lafayette, 1824.

    Membership

    Member Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1778-1779. Member New Jersey Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1790. Member New Jersey Assembly, 1800-1801.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine Voorhees, December 31, 1768, 11 children including James.
    • father: Doctor John Neilson
    • mother: Joanna (Coejeman) Neilson
    • spouse: Catherine Voorhees
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    Born March 11, 1745
    Died March 3, 1833
    (aged 87)
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