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  John Witherspoon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey.
Witherspoon was very popular among both faculty and students, among them James Madison and Aaron Burr.
As the College's primary occupation at the time was training ministers, Witherspoon was a major leader of the early Presbyterian church in America.
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 Reese Witherspoon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
She is a direct descendant of Scottish-born John Witherspoon, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and sixth president of Princeton University, who was also a Presbyterian minister.
Witherspoon met actor Ryan Phillippe at her 21st birthday party in March 1997, where she reportedly said to him, "You must be my birthday present." The pair were engaged in December 1998.
Witherspoon is known for being a very hands-on mother, and she and her husband claim to have never employed a full-time nanny.
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 Dr John Witherspoon
WITHERSPOON, JOHN, D. D., an eminent divine and theological writer, was born, February 5, 1722, in the parish of Yester.
John Witherspoon, an eminent Scottish clergyman, was president of the College in the latter part of the 18th century, and during his administration the College (Princeton) achieved a national reputation.
From Beith, Dr. Witherspoon was translated, in the course of a few years, to the flourishing town of Paisley, where be was happy in the affections of a large congregation, among whom be was eminently useful, until the period of his emigrating to America, to take charge, as president, of the college of New-Jersey.
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 Colonial Hall: Biography of John Witherspoon, Page 1
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.
Witherspoon was the minister of the parish of Yester.
His companions, however, succeeded in conveying him to a village on the borders of the sea, whence he was taken, by means of a boat, to a sloop of war lying in the harbor.
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 Town Topics
While John Witherspoon is well known to many Princetonians as a past president of Princeton University and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, what is less known is that he is Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon's ancestor.
Witherspoon's agent has confirmed that she is indeed a direct descendent of John Witherspoon.
Witherspoon's role in Legally Blonde, in which she played a ditzy blonde law student who had a keen fashion sense and a constant desire to shop, could lend itself to Princeton's "Buy Local Month," which is scheduled for the month of October, said Mr.
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 Hardie Family History - Detailed History - John Witherspoon (1722-1794)
John Witherspoon was the GGG grandson of John Knox the reformer and the GG grandson of John Welsh of Ayr and the brother to our ancestor Susan Ann Witherspoon - both of Susan and John's parents were descendants of John Welsh.
John Witherspoon was born in Gifford, East Lothian on 5 February 1722, where his father Rev James Witherspoon A.M was the Minister of Yester, and his mother was Anne Walker, daughter of Rev David Walker.
John was survived by four children John - a physician - David - a lawyer - his daughter Ann - who married to the Rev. Samuel S. Smith, the successor of Witherspoon in the presidency of the college - and Mary Ann - who was only 6 months old at the time of his death.
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 National Park Service - Signers of the Declaration (John Witherspoon)
John Witherspoon, the only active clergyman among the signers, achieved a greater reputation as a religious leader and educator than as a politician.
The son of a Calvinist minister, Witherspoon was born in 1723 at the village of Gifford, near Edinburgh.
Over the years, Witherspoon attained leadership of a group of conservative clergymen who were engaged in a prolonged struggle with a group of their colleagues to maintain the "purity" of orthodox Church doctrine.
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 The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A son of the Presbyterian manse in Gifford, Scotland, in the rolling hills of East Lothian, John Witherspoon was born on February 5, 1723.
Witherspoon — ever the cleric and wearing his clerical attire while sitting in the Congress (!) — was appointed to more than one hundred short and long-term committees, three of which were of special significance: war, finance, and foreign affairs.
John Witherspoon, ever practical and ever the republican, knew what kind of leaders a new America required, so he singled out ministers, lawyers and public officials for special attention as he instructed his students on how to write and speak.
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 JOHNWITHERSPOON
John Witherspoon was born in 1723 in Gifford, a small village near Edinburgh.
Witherspoon had always hated the British, and he naturally supported the colonies in their struggle.
John Witherspoon died in 1794 at the age of sixty-eight.
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 Famous Scots - - John Witherspoon
Born in Gifford, East Lothian on 5 February, 1723, John Witherspoon was educated at Edinburgh University and was ordained as a minister in 1745.
Witherspoon was soon supporting the independence fight in America because he believed that his native land had "gone soft on religion".
Witherspoon also became a member of the congress which conducted the war and later helped to draft the peace agreement which brought the war to an end.
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 John Witherspoon: "Animated Son of Liberty"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Indeed, Witherspoon and Smith were contemporaries, and in 1776 both would strike an important blow for liberty - Witherspoon with the signing of the Declaration on one side of the Atlantic, and Smith with his publication of the Wealth of Nations on the other.
Witherspoon's activities at Princeton were brought to an abrupt halt by the outbreak of the War for Independence.
Witherspoon understood that religious liberty - man's freedom to own his conscience - was inextricably intertwined with political and economic liberty: "There is not a single instance in history," he wrote, "in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire.
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 PREVIEW: Church, State, and John Witherspoon
Witherspoon was aboard the Good Ship American Argosy as it sailed the uncharted and troubled political seas of independence, and he earned the almost universal admiration of his American contemporaries for the way he did so.
Witherspoon promoted a kind of generalized, nonsectarian Christianity, his emphasis upon practice more than faith, and he sharply criticized sectarian distinctions as detracting from the unity and comity of spirit necessary to the governance and tranquility of a federal republic.
John Adams thought men of the cloth "as dangerous to liberty as the army." Jefferson believed them to be "a very formidable enemy against the civil and religious rights of man." Such views made little difference to Princeton's president.
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 JOHN WITHERSPOON AND CORRUPTED AMERICAN PRESBYTERIANISM
John Witherspoon’s philosophy was not original to him, but rather was an adaptation of Thomas Reid’s common sense realism.
He subscribed to John Locke's political philosophy as wholeheartedly as to his psychology, and brought from Scotland a strong sense of ``British liberty,'' which he came to see as greatly endangered by the course of British policy.
While Witherspoon and many of his American Presbyterian descendants do not carry some of their humanistic pre-suppositions to their logical conclusion, and hence preserve various aspects (and sometimes very important aspects) of the historic reformed faith, they leave America with a corrupted version of Presbyterianism.
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 Theology Today - Vol 18, No. 1 - January 1962 - ARTICLE - Witherspoon of Paisley and Princeton
Witherspoon, it may be said, was a precursor of, and closely resembled, Thomas Chalmers, the father of that great spiritual movement which in 1843 brought into being the Free Church of Scotland.
Witherspoon's book was a brilliant satirical indictment of a widespread defection on the part of the Scottish clergy from the spirit and truths of the Reformation.
John Witherspoon's greatest day was when he was elected Moderator of the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America which was constituted in the City of Philadelphia in 1788.
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 John Witherspoon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Witherspoon was a sailor, a mentor and a pioneer.
Witherspoon graduated with honors and was commissioned as an ensign in June 1971.
Witherspoon was a kind, outgoing, generous, caring, down-to-earth, soft-spoken man who gently touched the lives of many, yet left a strong, lasting impression on everyone who knew him.
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 WallBuilders | Resources | Should Christians - Or Ministers - Run For Office?
John Witherspoon (1723-1794) was a distinguished Founding Father - the president of Princeton University, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution.
But John Witherspoon was also a minister of the Gospel - he was the Rev. Dr.
In fact, Dr. Witherspoon was the Billy Graham of his day - one of the most famous American ministers of that era, with volumes of published Gospel sermons.
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 John Witherspoon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As a political leader, Witherspoon endeavored to earn colonial independence, demonstrated by his activity on various committees and his signing of the declaration of independence.
Witherspoon accepted the position of president at the College of New Jersey in 1768.
Witherspoon served in Congress through 1779 and for a second time from December 1780 through November 1782, notably participating in above one hundred committees.
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 John Witherspoon (1723-1794)
John Witherspoon was born in 1723 to a Scottish family that strongly believed in the virtues fostered by religion.
Witherspoon began attending the University of Edinburgh at age fourteen.
For Witherspoon, religious faith was essential in fostering true liberty, and liberty was concomitant to religious freedom, and his teaching spurred a generation of Americans to seek and establish freedom before and after the Revolution.
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 John Witherspoon Holdings
This model representing the motion of the planets was acquired for the College of New Jersey by John Witherspoon in 1771 and lost after 1893.
N.B. The bulk of John Witherspoon's personal papers are at the Library of Congress, but there are also materials at the New Jersey Historical Society.
The works of the Rev. John Witherspoon … To which is prefixed an account of the author's life, in a sermon occasioned by his death, by the Rev. Dr.
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 The Witherspoon Fellowship: May 15, 2006
Witherspoon was a widely respected leader of colonial New Jersey.
A Scottish immigrant, a Presbyterian clergyman, John Witherspoon rose to become the president of Princeton University.
Witherspoon's own accomplishments would have been sufficient to gain him the lasting gratitude of his countrymen, but his mentoring role for young James Madison earned him an honored berth among America's great Founders.
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 Statue / monument of John Witherspoon in Washington DC by Sculptor William Couper
John Witherspoon (1722-1794) was born in Scotland and served as a Presbyterian minister in New Jersey.
He was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence and said that America "was not only ripe for the the measure, but in danger of rotting for the want of it." He also served in the Second Continental Congress.
The church leaders argued that the statue should be moved to their new location since Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister and their pastor was a moving influence in the raising of the statue.
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 AllRefer.com - John Witherspoon (U.S. History, Biography) - Encyclopedia
John Witherspoon 1723–94, Scottish-American Presbyterian clergyman, political leader in the American Revolution, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, b.
A conservative in religion, he wrote Ecclesiastical Characteristics (1753) as an attack on those ministers who preached humanism instead of dogmatic truth, and in his Serious Enquiry into the Nature and Effects of the Stage (1757) he maintained that drama was not an innocent recreation but an arouser of immoral passion.
In 1768, Witherspoon was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton Univ.), where he broadened the curriculum and considerably improved the quality of education.
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Also documented are journeys of John to Greensboro, Ala., and of Susan Witherspoon and her sickly daughter, Mary, to consult with doctors in Philadelphia.
John Witherspoon (1792-1853) was a Presbyterian clergyman of Scottish descent.
The Witherspoons were further burdened with a sickly daughter, Mary, who was taken alternatively with spasms and paralysis.
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 John Witherspoon
One thing's for sure…once you've seen John Witherspoon, you fully understand how he earned his reputation as one of America's funniest father's ever.
Emerging from a fiery stand-up comic to becoming one of the most sought after comedians in film and television, Witherspoon has portrayed some of the funniest characters ever invented and has earned a coveted spot as a Hollywood mainstay and a regular-scene stealer on both the big and small screens alike.
Witherspoon most recently wrapped up The Friday After Next (the third installment of the Friday series), is currently touring the US with his uproarious stand-up tour, and is putting the finishing touches on an album, slated for release later this year.
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 John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon brought some impressive credentials and a measure of public acclaim with him when he joined the colonies in 1768, as president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton).
John attended the preparatory school in Haddington Scotland.
Witherspoon was at first unable to accept the offer, due to his wife's great fear of crossing the sea.
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