BEATTY, John, a Delegate and a Representative from New Jersey; born in Neshaminy, Bucks County, Pa., December 10, 1749; was graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1769; studied medicine in Philadelphia and practiced in Bucks County; entered the Revolutionary Army in 1775 and had attained the rank of major when he was made prisoner at the surrender of Fort Washington; after his exchange was appointed commissary general of prisoners with the rank of colonel May 28, 1778; resigned March 31, 1780, and resumed the practice of medicine in Princeton, N.J.; member of the State council 1781-1783; Member of the Continental Congress in 1784-1785; appointed by President Lee as one of the special committee to receive and take leave of General Lafayette in the name of the Continental Congress while it was in session at Trenton on December 11, 1784; member of the State convention that adopted the Federal Constitution in 1787; member of the State general assembly in 1789 and 1790, serving as speaker; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); brigadier general of the Somerset Militia 1793-1796; secretary of state of New Jersey 1795-1805; served as trustee of the College of New Jersey from 1787 until 1802; president of the Trenton Banking Co., from 1815 to 1826; died in Trenton, N.J., May 30, 1826; interment in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Beatty Family Papers, 1768-1816, 0.5 linear foot. Subjects covered in the papers include include John Beatty.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1778, 1 item. A letter of John Beatty.

Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Southard Hay Autograph Collection, 1750-1885, 0.75 linear foot. Subjects covered in the papers include John Beatty. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
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