John Witherspoon

The call for independence and resistance to tyranny resonated throughout the valleys of the frontier and in the halls of academe among Americans of Scottish birth or heritage. Multiple thousands answered the call for leaders and marksmen, for commitment and courage; few men of any stripe would match the influence and impact of John Witherspoon, the President of the College of New Jersey.
Dr. Witherspoon’s reputation for uncompromising and successful theological disputation on behalf of the more conservative wing of the Scottish Kirk, and his strong resistance to the humanist challenges of philosopher David Hume, had already brought him to the attention of influential American Presbyterians, such as Richard Stockton and Benjamin Rush.