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Continental congressman

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