Stockton's brother-in-law, Elias
t, was President of the Continental
Congress for a term, signed the Treaty of Paris, and
founded the American Bible Society.
Richard Stockton, was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
Robert F. Stockton
, was a U.S. Navy
Commodore, a hero of the War of 1812, who helped freed
slaves found Liberia, West Africa.
Robert F. Stockton defeated the Mexican army and
captured California, serving as its first military
governor. Stockton, California, was named for him.
Richard Stockton traveled
to England in 1767, where he met with many leaders:
Edmund Burke, the Marquis of Rockingham, the Earl of
Chatham, and even King George III
acknowledging the repeal of the Stamp Act.
As a trustee of Princeton
College, Richard Stockton traveled to Scotland, where he
met with a young Princeton graduate attending medical
school there, Benjamin Rush
Together they persuaded
Rev. John Witherspoon
to be Princeton's
Benjamin Rush later married
Richard Stockton's daughter, Julia.
In 1776, Richard
, Benjamin Rush and John Witherspoon
all signed the Declaration of Independence.
When the British invaded New
Jersey, Richard Stockton and his family had to flee for