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John Neilson

army officer , Continental congressman

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