Born: February 15, 1726 at Elizabethtown, New Jersey
Died: September 15, 1794 (aged 68) at New Jersey
Spouse: Sarah Hatfield (m. 1748 – 1794)
Member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey’s At-large district (1791 – 1794)
Political Party: Pro – Administration
Children:Abraham Clark had 10 children
Facts about Abraham Clark
Clark Township in Union County is named for him, as is Abraham Clark High School in Roselle. He was known to his children as a strong father figure. Abraham did his duty as the breadwinner and gave his wife and children a good life. Although he was not raised wealthy, his resourcefulness gave him a sizable estate.
Clark was a leading voice in New Jersey for independence and that carried over into the Continental Congress. He would serve in the Congress through 1778.
When the British captured one of his sons and imprisoned him on a prison ship in New York harbor, they offered to release him if Clark would abandon the American cause; refused to betray his country and his principles, even if it meant the death of his son.
Clark opposed adoption of the new U.S. Constitution until he was assured that a bill of rights would be added to it. Clark described himself as a Whig, and demonstrated throughout his life and in public service to be a champion of the people’s liberties.
Abraham Clark Childhood
Abraham was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. His father, Thomas Clark, realized that he had a natural grasp for math so he hired a tutor to teach Abraham surveying. While working as a surveyor, he taught himself law and went into practice. He became quite popular and became known as “”the poor man’s councilor”” as he offered to defend poor men when they couldn’t afford a lawyer.
Where is Abraham Clark buried?
A resident of Rahway, New Jersey, Clark is buried there at the Rahway Cemetery.
How did Abraham Clark die?
Abraham Clark died on September 15, 1794 approximately two hours after suffering a sun stroke, having observed the construction of a bridge on his property.”