John FELL, Congress, NJ (1721-1798)


FELL, John, a Delegate from New Jersey; born in New York City, February 5, 1721; attended the public schools; engaged in overseas commerce and also in agricultural pursuits; moved to Bergen County, N.J.; appointed judge of the court of common pleas on September 30, 1766, and served until October 1, 1774; member of the Provincial Congress which met in Trenton in May, June, and August 1775; chairman of the committee of safety of Bergen County, N.J.; member of the provincial council in 1776; captured by the British and held as a political prisoner from April 23, 1777, until January 1778, when he was released; Member of the Continental Congress 1778-1780; member of the State council in 1782 and 1783; moved to New York City in 1793, and subsequently to Coldenham, N.Y., where he resided with his son John until his death on May 15, 1798; interment in Colden Cemetery.


Fell, John. Delegate from New Jersey; The Journal of John Fell. Edited by Donald W. Whisenhunt. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1973.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present