Abraham Clark

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Rahway, New Jersey April 23, 2010 20th Visited


At the tail end of our "Michigan Trip", my                                                  The other delegates from New Jersey who
father and I stopped in Rahway, New Jersey                                            signed the document were John Hart,
to visit the burial site of Abraham Clark. He                                              Francis Hopkinson, Richard Stockton, and
was one of five men from his colony to sign                                             Jonathan Witherspoon.
the Declaration of Independence.


We found the signatory's final                                                                                              Abraham Clark's tombstone.
resting place without any trouble,
a rarity for us.

*** Interesting Facts ***

* Abraham Clark, born in Elizabethstown, New Jersey, was raised by his father, Thomas Clark. An only child, the younger Clark was taught surveying skills at an early age. He was also well-adept when using mathematics and proved to be quite intelligent.

* After studying very hard, Clark began to practice law. A brilliant and generous lawyer, he was dubbed "the poor man's counselor", for he would represent men in court even if they had no money to pay him with.

* During his lifetime, Clark was appointed to the New Jersey Committee of Public Safety, as well as the provincial congress. In June of 1776, he joined the Continental Congress, scant weeks before they would vote for independence. He would serve until 1778, and then rejoin the group in 1780.

* The American Revolution took a toll on many delegates to Congress, including Abraham Clark. In his case, the Clark's sons were captured by King George III's troops and kept on the Jersey, a British prison ship. Refusing to allow his personal life to interfere with his duties, Clark never mentioned his sons' status to Congress but once, when he learned that one of his offspring was only fed what would fit through the keyhole of his cell door. This news shocked his colleagues, and they saw to it that the British treated his son with better care.

* Having served the community for many years, Clark retired from public life in 1794. His retirement was short lived, however, as he was struck down by overwhelming heat. Within two hours, the old patriot was dead. He was buried in his hometown soon afterward.

Spouse: Sarah Hatfield Clark (1748-1794)

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