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  • ID: I56538400
  • Name: Elias BOUDINOT
  • Given Name: Elias
  • Surname: Boudinot
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 May 1740 in Philadelphia,,Pa.
  • Death: 24 Oct 1821 in Burlington,,NJ
  • Burial: St.Mary's Episc.,Burlington,NJ
  • Note:
    REFN: 54c
    Elias Boudinot studied at the Academy of Philadelphia and interned at law under
    the tutelage of his brother-in-law, Richard Stockton of Princeton. He was
    admitted to the New Jersey bar at age twenty. He attained prominence in his
    profession rapidly. When war broke out, he was made chairman of the Committee
    of Safety at Elizabethtown, and soon thereafter was Delegate to the Provincial
    Congress. In 1775 he secretly sent several desperately needed casks of
    gunpowder to Washington at Cambridge, and in 1777 was appointed Colonel and
    Commissary-General of Prisoners charged with aid to and exchange of the hapless
    patriots interned by the British in pestilent prison-ships in New York harbor,
    and had additional intelligence duties which brought him into intimate
    personal relations with Gen. Washington. In 1778, he was elected as delegate
    from New Jersey to the Continental Congress, and was President of that body at
    the cessation of hostilities. He signed the Treaty of Paris in the capacity of
    chief-executive of the new republic. He was elected a Representative from New
    Jersey to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd US Congresses, adhering to the Federalist Party.
    In 1795, President Washington appointed him Director of the Mint in
    Philadelphia, serving until 1805. The first full series of US currency was
    minted during his tenure. He then retired from public office and retired to
    his mansion in Burlington (still standing at least in 1955). Thereafter he
    devoted himself to religious studies (he was a Presbyterian) and worked for his
    favorite charities, the American Bible Society (of which he was the first
    President), the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and the
    Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery. He supported the cause of
    the Cherokees and other southern tribes. Boudinot was from 1772 an original
    trustee of the College of New Jersey (Princeton) and donated a Cabinet of
    Natural History. He was survived by a daughter, and most of his estate went to
    charity. His voluminous correspondance with luminaries of the era survives in
    an edition by Jane Boudinot. His journal of an overland journey from Burlington
    to Boston was published by Princeton U. Library, 1955. The University
    conserves many mementos from his estate.




    Father: Elias BOUDINOT b: 8 Aug 1706 in New York,New York,NY
    Mother: Catherine WILLIAMS b: 1714 in ,Antigua,Br.W.Indies c: 23 Jan 1724 in St.Johns,Antigua

    Marriage 1 Hannah STOCKTON b: 1736
    • Married: 1762 in Princeton,NJ
    Children
    1. Has No Children Suzanne Vergereau BOUDINOT b: 1764 in Elizabeth,,NJ

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