Richard Stockton

Father-in-law of signer Benjamin Rush, married to the sister of founding patriot and future President of the United States Congress, Elias Boudinot, and close friend of President of the College of New Jersey at Princeton and fellow signer, John Witherspoon, Stockton’s position among the great men of New Jersey seemed secured. He collected art and raised blooded horses, inheriting a sizeable fortune from his father in the decade before the war. His service in a prestigious law firm only enhanced the patrimony he was due. Little did Stockton know that when he signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of New Jersey, he alone among that august group would be singled out for that act alone and face prison, disease, and economic disaster, and to some, the ruination of his good name.