John Witherspoon - (1723 - 1794)

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John Witherspoon Biography


John Witherspoon, a man alike distinguished as a minister of the gospel, and a patriot of the revolution, was born in the parish of Yester, a few miles from Edinburgh, on the 5th of February, 1722. He was lineally descended from John Knox, the Scottish reformer, of whom Mary, queen of Scots, said, "she was more afraid of his prayers, than of an army of ten thousand men."

The father of Mr. Witherspoon was the minister of the parish of Yester. He was a man, eminent for his piety and literature, and for a habit of great accuracy in his writings and discourses. The example of the father contributed, in no small degree, to form in his son that love of taste and simplicity, for which he was deservedly distinguished.

He was sent, at an early age, to the public school at Haddington, where be soon acquired a high reputation for the native soundness of his judgment, his close application to study, and the quick and clear conceptions of his mind. Many, who at that time were the companions
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John Witherspoon Genealogy

Parents:
James Witherspoon (1691 - 1759)
Anne Walker Witherspoon

Spouses:
Elizabeth Montgomery Witherspoon (1722 - 1789)
Ann Marshall Witherspoon (1768 - 1811)

Children:
Anne Witherspoon Smith (1749 - 1817)
James Witherspoon (1751 - 1777)
David Witherspoon (1760 - 1801)

John Witherspoon Tivia

John Witherspoon was a descendant of john Knox, who led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland
John Witherspoon ran the College of New Jersey and later Princeton
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Events in the life of John Witherspoon

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1723 02/05   Birth of John Witherspoon
1794 11/15   Death of John Witherspoon
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The Articles of Confederation 03-01-1781
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitut
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The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men 1776/05
Sermon by John Witherspoon on May 1776. This sermon was preached during the period in which the members were deciding upon American Independence.
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Quotes by John Witherspoon

Quote 923 details Share on Google+ - Quote 923 Linked In Share Button - Quote 923 There is not a single instance in history, in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May, 1776
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Quote 922 details Share on Google+ - Quote 922 Linked In Share Button - Quote 922 The knowledge of God and his truths have from the beginning of the world been chiefly, if not entirely confined to those parts of the earth where some degree of liberty and political justice were to be seen, and great were the difficulties with which they had to struggle, from the imperfection of human society, and the unjust decisions of usurped authority

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May, 1776
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Quote 921 details Share on Google+ - Quote 921 Linked In Share Button - Quote 921 You are all my witnesses, that this is the first time of my introducing any political subject into the pulpit. At this season, however, it is not only lawful but necessary, and I willingly embrace the opportunity of declaring my opinion without any hesitation, that the cause in which America is now in arms, is the cause of justice, of liberty, and of human nature.

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May 1776
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Quote 920 details Share on Google+ - Quote 920 Linked In Share Button - Quote 920 There are times when the mind may be expected to be more awake to divine truth, and the conscience more open to the arrows of conviction than at others. A season of public judgment is of this kind.

John Witherspoon: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May 1776
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Quote 1059 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1059 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1059 Whatsoever State among us shall continue to make piety and virtue the standard of public honor will enjoy the greatest inward peace, the greatest national happiness, and in every outward conflict will discover the greatest constitutional strength.

John Witherspoon: Sermon Delivered at Public Thanksgiving After Peace

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