Born in a Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) manse in Gifford, near Edinburgh, in 1723, John Witherspoon was educated at Haddington Grammar School, entered the University of Edinburgh in 1736, and graduated in Arts (1739) and Divinity (1743). He was ordained and installed in 1745 as a minister of the Church of Scotland parish in Beith, where he remained until 1758, when he was called to the Laigh (Low) Kirk in Paisley. He remained there until 1768 when with his wife and five children he sailed to America to take up residence and a new position in Princeton, New Jersey. From 1768 until his death in 1794, he was president and head professor of the small College of New Jersey (For a full account of Witherspoon's life and work as a college …
Tait, L. Gordon. "John Witherspoon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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