Read The Legacy of this unique thinker and personality among our early founders: Abraham Clark, of New Jersey.
Abraham Clark was one of five men from the state of New Jersey to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. He was born on February 15, 1726, the only child of a local magistrate, Thomas Clark and his wife Hannah, in what was then known as Elizabeth Town, New Jersey. He was a farmer and surveyor, and served in public office for nearly thirty years.
While still a young man, he was appointed clerk of the New Jersey General Assembly. In 1766, he was appointed Sheriff of Essex County. He served in the Provincial Congress and was chosen in June 1776 to represent New Jersey in the Continental Congress. He was 50 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence, a dangerous and defiant act of treason.