Richard SMITH, Congress, NJ (1735-1803)


SMITH, Richard, a Delegate from New Jersey; born in Burlington, N.J., March 22, 1735; educated under private teachers and in Friendsâ schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1762 and practiced in Philadelphia, Pa., and later in Burlington, N.J.; commissioned county clerk of Burlington on December 7, 1762; Member of the Continental Congress from July 23, 1774, to June 12, 1776, when he resigned; member of the state council in 1776; elected treasurer of New Jersey and served from 1776 to February 15, 1777, when he resigned; moved to Laurens, N.Y., in 1790 and thence to Philadelphia in 1799; died near Natchez, Miss., September 17, 1803; interment in Natchez Cemetery.


Smith, Richard. A Tour of the Hudson, the Mohawk, the Susquehanna, and the Delaware in 1769; Being the Journal of Richard Smith of Burlington, New Jersey. Edited, with a short history of pioneer settlements. 1964. Reprint, Fleischmanns, N.Y.: Purple Mountain Press, 1989.

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



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