John Stevens, Jr. (10/21/1716 - 5/1792)

Also Known As: John Stevens
Borrowing activity from 7/24/1789 to 1/12/1791.

John Stevens, Jr., the son of John Stevens, Sr. and his wife Ann Campbell, was born either in 1715 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey or on October 21, 1716 in New York City when his mother was visiting there.

With his brother Richard, he owned mercantile vessels and commanded them on voyages to Madeira and the Caribbean between 1739 and 1743. He then settled in Perth Amboy, where he was a vestryman at St. Peter's Church from 1749 to 1752. He was a large landowner in the New Jersey counties of Hunterdon, Union, and Somerset, and he owned a copper mine at Rocky Hill that was later abandoned.

Stevens was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1751. He served as paymaster of the 1st New Jersey Regiment (the "Jersey Blues") under Colonel Peter Schuyler (New Jersey) from 1756 to 1760. In 1758 he was appointed by the Assembly of New Jersey to serve as a commissioner to the state's Indian tribes. In 1762 he was named a member of the New Jersey Provincial Council, a position that he resigned in 1770.

Stevens was a vocal opponent of the Stamp Act. When the act went into effect in 1765, he was one of a committee of four (with Robert Livingston, John Cruger, Jr., and Beverly Robinson) to prevent the issue of stamps in New York City. In 1770 he was appointed a commissioner, along with Walter Rutherfurd, to establish the partition line between New York and New Jersey.

In 1776, after the Provincial Congress had become the New Jersey Legislature under the state's first Constitution, Stevens was elected Vice-President of Council of New Jersey, holding the office of chairman of the joint meetings of the legislature until 1782. He represented Hunterdon County in the legislature during that period. He was president of the convention of New Jersey when the state ratified the United States Constitution on December 18, 1787.

He married Elizabeth Alexander, daughter of James Alexander, Surveyor General of New Jersey and New York and counsel for Peter Zenger, in 1748. They had two children:

  • John Stevens III (1749–1838)
  • Mary Stevens (died 1814), who married Robert R. Livingston, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase.

His later years were spent with his son at Hoboken, where he died in May 1792. He was buried at the Frame Meeting House in Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

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Full Title Author Volume Date Out Date In Rep. Fine Ledger
Transcribed: Coxe's TravelsWilliam CoxeVolume 17/24/17897/29/1789
Transcribed: Encyclopaedia Brittan.Volume 17/29/17898/19/1789file
Transcribed: Hales's Vegetable StaticksStephen HalesVolume 19/7/178910/16/17892s/8d
Transcribed: N.A. RegisterVolume 17869/7/17899/7/1789
Transcribed: EncyclopaediaVolume 210/16/1789
Transcribed: Defence Amer: ConstitutionsJohn AdamsVolume 311/20/178911/30/1789
Transcribed: Defence of American Consti.John AdamsVolume 311/20/178911/30/1789
Transcribed: Edinburgh EssaysPhilosophical Society of EdinburghVolume 111/30/178912/9/1789
Transcribed: "Philosophical Society of EdinburghVolume 212/9/178912/14/1789
Transcribed: Priestly on AirJoseph PriestleyVolume 312/14/178912/18/1789
Transcribed: "Joseph PriestleyVolume 412/18/178912/30/1789
Transcribed: "Joseph PriestleyVolume 512/30/17891/11/1790
Transcribed: Pennants TourThomas PennantVolume 11/11/17901/22/1790
Transcribed: "Thomas PennantVolume 21/22/17902/3/1790
Transcribed: Smiths EnquiryAdam SmithVolume 22/3/17902/24/1790
Transcribed: "Adam SmithVolume 12/24/17903/12/1790
Transcribed: "Adam SmithVolume 23/12/17903/24/1790
Transcribed: Essays on LegislationSociété oeconomique de Berne3/24/17903/31/1790
Transcribed: Philoso: Transac.Royal Society (Great Britain)Volume 103/31/17904/26/1790
Transcribed: "Royal Society (Great Britain)Volume 114/26/17905/11/1790
Transcribed: EncyclopediaVolume 35/11/17906/11/1790
Transcribed: "Volume 46/11/17907/23/1790
Transcribed: Watsons Chemical EssaysRichard Watson7/23/17908/10/1790
Transcribed: Priestly on airJoseph PriestleyVolume 68/10/17909/10/1790
Transcribed: Philo: TransactionsRoyal Society (Great Britain)Volume 99/10/17909/23/1790
Transcribed: Switzer on HydrostaticsStephen Switzer9/23/179010/30/1790
Transcribed: Philo transactionsRoyal Society (Great Britain)Volume 178710/6/179010/6/1790
Transcribed: "Royal Society (Great Britain)Volume 178610/6/179010/12/1790
Transcribed: Ency NewVolume 510/12/179010/23/1790
Transcribed: Sorrows WerterJohann Wolfgang von Goethe10/23/179010/28/1790
Transcribed: Gent MagVolume 5810/28/179010/30/1790
Transcribed: Peter PindarPeter Pindar10/30/179011/29/1790
Transcribed: ChemistryAntoine François FourcroyVolume 111/29/179012/6/1790
Transcribed: "Antoine François FourcroyVolume 212/8/17901/8/1791
Transcribed: "Antoine François FourcroyVolume 21/8/17912/1/1791
Transcribed: D'argens VisionJean-Baptiste de Boyer marquis d'Argens1/14/17911/20/1791
Transcribed: Raynals IndiesGuillaume-Thomas-François Raynal1/20/17912/11/1791
Transcribed: BuffonGeorges Louis Leclerc, Comte de BuffonVolume 11/22/17913/2/1791
Transcribed: Monthly ReviewVolume 812/11/17912/12/1791
Transcribed: "Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de BuffonVolume 33/2/17913/8/1791
Transcribed: Alex. hist WomenWilliam AlexanderVolume 23/8/17913/29/1791
Transcribed: Ency NewVolume 63/29/17914/27/1791
Transcribed: ShipwreckPierre-Raymond de Brisson4/12/17914/16/1791
Transcribed: ShipwreckPierre-Raymond de Brisson4/12/17914/16/1791
Transcribed: BruceJames BruceVolume 24/27/17915/6/1791
Transcribed: "James BruceVolume 55/7/17915/21/1791
Transcribed: Savarys LettersClaude-Étienne SavaryVolume 15/21/17916/7/1791
Transcribed: "Claude-Étienne SavaryVolume 26/7/17916/16/1791
Transcribed: " GreeceClaude-Étienne Savary6/16/17916/19/1791
Transcribed: Ency. ADenis Diderot; Jean le Rond d'Alembert Volume 76/19/17916/29/1791
Transcribed: Imisons School of ArtsJohn Imison6/29/17917/31/1791
Transcribed: Sparmans VoyageAnders SparrmanVolume 18/1/17918/16/1791
Transcribed: "Anders SparrmanVolume 28/16/17918/22/1791
Transcribed: Lewis Commerce artsWilliam Lewis8/22/17918/26/1791
Transcribed: Miribeaux inquirHonoré-Gabriel Riqueti MirabeauVolume 18/26/17918/27/1791
Transcribed: Analtycal ReviewVolume 89/26/179110/8/1791
Transcribed: Bailey on the artsWilliam Bailey10/4/179110/6/1791
Transcribed: Parkinsons MechanicsThomas Parkinson10/6/179111/7/1791
Transcribed: Oct. Volume12/5/179112/15/1791
Transcribed: Franklins WorksBenjamin Franklin12/15/17911/12/1791
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