August 22, 2014

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The educated and common man who contributed to America's freedom

The radical leaders that chose to take a stand against Great Britain for the purpose of being a free nation were a wide variation of men. Some were simple men of little education and others were men of higher education that were born for politics. All of them played an important role and contributed their share to  our history.

John Witherspoon, born in Scotland and educated there, was an interesting character among those rebels. Emigrating to America in 1768 to accept the position of first president of the College of New Jersey, known today as Princeton, he at first abstained from political concerns. In time though, he came to support the revolutionary cause, accepting appointment to the committees of correspondence and safety in early 1776. He was a very active member of congress, serving on more than a hundred committees through his tenure and debating frequently on the floor.