David Brearly was born in 1745 at Spring Grove. He attended but did not graduate from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton). He chose law as a career and originally practiced at Allentown, New Jersey. In 1767 he married Elizabeth Mullen.
In 1779 Brearly was elected as chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, a position he held until 1789. He was 42 years of age when he participated in the Constitutional Convention. Although he did not rank among the leaders, he attended the sessions regularly. Brearly opposed proportional representation of the states and favored one vote for each of them in Congress. He also chaired the Committee on Postponed Matters.
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He attended the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) and graduated in 1768 and became master of the college grammar school. In 1771 he was appointed professor of mathematics and natural philosophy.
From 1775 to 1776 Houston was deputy secretary of the Continental Congress. In 1779 he was once again elected to the Continental Congress, where he worked mainly in the areas of supply and finance. Houston resigned from the college in 1783 and concentrated on his Trenton law practice. He represented New Jersey in Congress once again in 1784 and 1785. Houston represented New Jersey at both the Annapolis and Philadelphia conventions. Houston did not sign the Constitution, but he signed the report to the New Jersey legislature.
William Livingston was born in 1723 at Albany, NY. He attended Yale and graduated in 1741. Before he completed his legal studies, in 1745 he married Susanna French, daughter of a well-to-do New Jersey landowner. She was to bear 13 children.
In 1787 Livingston was selected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, though his gubernatorial duties prevented him from attending every session. He did not arrive until June 5 and missed several weeks in July, but he performed vital committee work, particularly as chairman of the one that reached a compromise on the issue of slavery. He also supported the New Jersey Plan. In addition, he spurred New Jersey's rapid ratification of the Constitution.
William Paterson was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1745. When he was almost 2 years of age, his family immigrated to America. His prosperity enabled William to attend local private schools and the College of New Jersey (later Princeton). Meantime, Paterson had studied law in the city of Princeton under Richard Stockton,...