United States Bill of Rights 1789 (2021 Edition)

Twelve articles of amendment to the Constitution, introduced in September 1789 by Congress.

New Jersey Delegation

This is one of the 12 delegations in the convention, accounting for 6 of 92 people who took part.

Members (6):

Name Visualize Details Delegations
Elias Boudinot Visualize (2 May 1740 – 24 October 1821) Philanthropist, lawyer, merchant, delegate to the Continental Congress, and U.S. Congressman. Boudinot ran a law practice which he linked with mercantile activities and real estate investments so that by his early thirties, he had acquired considerable wealth and social prominence. He served as a member of the House of Rerpesentatives for several years until he resigned his seat in the Third Congress to take up the directorship of the U.S. Mint in 1795, when he was appointed by President George Washington. A determined opponent of slavery, he went to court to defend black people of doubtful freeman status. He took particular interest in the plight of Native Americans, to whom he left an endowment, and in his later years, he engaged in a study of the culture and origins of Native Americans. Devoutly religious, Boudinot was alarmed by the rising popularity of deism, especially after the election of 1800. He gave generously of his time and fortune to philanthropic causes. New Jersey Delegation (This negotiation)
Lambert Cadwalader Visualize (1743 – 13 September 1823) Revolutionary war soldier, merchant, and delegate to the Continental Congress and the U.S. Congress. In 1765, responding to the Stamp Act, Cadwalader signed a merchants’ agreement to boycott English goods. He was a delegate to the provincial convention in Pennsylvania, the State constitutional convention, the Continental Congress, and the first and third Congresses as a delegate for New Jersey. New Jersey Delegation (This negotiation)
Jonathan Elmer Visualize (29 November 1745–03 September 1817) Physician, jurist, delegate to the Continental Congress, and U.S. Senator. While practicing as a doctor, Elmer educated himself in jurisprudence and was appointed sheriff of Cumberland County, New Jersey. He then became the chairman of the county committee of observation and, in this position, gave a public address justifying hostility toward Britain during the Revolution. He served as county clerk to the state legislature and was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress. Throughout the following years, he was a member of various councils and societies in New Jersey, and in 1888, was elected to the First U.S. Senate, on which he served one term. New Jersey Delegation (This negotiation)
William Paterson Visualize Senator New Jersey Delegation (This negotiation)
James Schureman Visualize (February 12, 1756 – January 22, 1824) Merchant, soldier, member of the Continental Congress as well as the U.S.House of Representatives and Senate. After completing his studies, Schureman founded a volunteer militia and served as its captain while working as a merchant. He served on the New Jersey General Assembly, the Continental Congress, and at the Annapolis Convention. He was also elected to the House of Representatives as a member of the First, Ninth, and Fourteenth Congresses and was elected to the Senate in 1799. New Jersey Delegation (This negotiation)
Thomas Sinnickson Visualize (21 December 1744 – 15 May 1817) Merchant, soldier, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A merchant by trade, Sinnickson served as a captain in the Continental Army, a delegate to the New Jersey General Assembly, and as a member of the House of Representatives in the First and Fifth Congresses. [‘Thomas Sinnickson’, Wikipedia] New Jersey Delegation (This negotiation)