Remembered best as a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776, this 18th-century American lawyer and member of the Second Continental Congress also served for nearly three decades as a trustee of Princeton University.
After graduating from the College of New Jersey, he studied law in Newark and was accepted to the bar in the mid 1750s.
He belonged to a prominent Quaker family.
His marriage to poet Annis Boudinot resulted in sons named Richard and Lucius (both lawyers) and daughters named Julia, Susan, Mary, and Abigail.
He and his wife were close friends of first United States President George Washington.