Biography and History

Jonathan Sergeant came to Princeton from Newark in 1758. He was a trustee of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) from 1750 to 1777. Sergeant represented the County of Middlesex, N.J., in the first Provincial Congress in 1775 and took an active part with the citizens of Princeton in the cause of liberty in the early stages of the revolution. Sergeant was also the son-in-law of the Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, the son of Jonathan Sergeant, was a lawyer from Princeton. Sergeant graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1762 and studied law in the offices of Richard Stockton; in 1767 he started his own practice in Princeton. From 1774 to 1776 Sergeant was a member of the revolutionary New Jersey Provisional Congress. He also represented New Jersey in the Second Continental Congress in 1776 and 1777, and later served as attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania.

John Sergeant, son of Jonathan Dickinson, graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1795. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1799, and practiced in Philadelphia. He was deputy attorney general for Philadelphia in 1800 and a member of the State House of Representatives from 1808 to1810. However, Sergeant was an unsuccessful National Republican candidate for election as vice president of the United States in 1832.

Source: From the finding aid for C1192

  • Sergeant Family Collection. 1746-1843 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1192

    Consists of selected correspondence and documents by and about three members of the Sergeant family and their relationship with the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) during the Colonial period: Jonathan Sergeant, his son Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, and his grandson John Sergeant.