Abraham Clark DOI

Abraham Clark was born in Elizabeth town New Jersey on 15 February 1726and was raised a Presbyterian. Abraham’s father had him schooled to teach him surveying. While a surveyor he taught himself law and set up a practice. He defended people who could not afford a lawyer and became known as “the poor man’s councilor”. In 1748, he met and married Sarah Hatfield and had 10 children by her. She raised the the children on the home farm whie Abraham entered politics as a clerk of the Provincial Assembly. In 1775 he became sheriff of Essex County.

He was appointed a delegate to the Continental Congress on 21 June 1776 arriving on 28 Hune 1776 and was in time to sign the Declaration of Independence in July of that year. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Hew Jersey’s At Large District from 4 March 1791 To 15 September 179 4 where de died at the age of 68.


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