1730 – Richard Stockton, son of a wealthy landowner and judge, was born on the 1st of October at Morven, the family estate and his lifelong home, at Princeton, New Jersey.
1748 – He graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University), then in Newark but relocated 8 years hence at Princeton.
1754 – He completed an apprenticeship with a Newark lawyer and joined the bar.
1755 – He wed poetess Annis Boudinot, by whom he had two sons and four daughters.
1764 – He advocated American representation in Parliament, but during the Stamp Act crisis the next year questioned its right to control the Colonies at all.
1766 – He sailed on its behalf to Scotland to recruit Rev. John Witherspoon for the presidency. Aiding in this endeavor, complicated by the opposition of Witherspoon’s wife, was Benjamin Rush, a fellow alumnus then enrolled at the University of Edinburgh.
1774 – 1776 – He began a 6-year term on the executive council of New Jersey and then sat on the provincial Supreme Court.
1774 – He was espousing colonial self-rule under the Crown. Elected to Congress 2 years later, he voted for independence and signed the Declaration.
1776 – In November, while inspecting the northern Continental Army in upper New York State with fellow Congressman George Clymer, he hurried home when he learned of the British invasion of New Jersey and removed his family to a friend’s home in Monmouth County.
1781 – He died at Princeton in 1781 at the age of 50. He is buried at the Stony Brook Quaker Meeting House Cemetery.