John Knox Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister, a president of what is now Princeton University, and a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. As a politician, he was a staunch nationalist and republican; as a minister, he was an evangelical opponent of the Moderate Party of the Church of Scotland. In 1768, he became the sixth president of The College of New Jersey at Princeton, where he focused on reforming the school to better train Presbyterian ministers and the future Protestant leaders of the nation.
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The author hath long been of opinion that the great decay of religion in all parts of this kingdom is chiefly owing to a departure from the truth as it is in Jesus, from those doctrines which chiefly constitute the substance of the Gospel.
—Rev. John Witherspoon
Rev. John Knox Witherspoon (1723–1794) was a Presbyterian minister, president of what is now Princeton University, and a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. Witherspoon was born in East Lothian, Scotland. He studied divinity at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. He became a minister in the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland in 1745 and served in Ayrshire and Paisley until 1768 when he immigrated to North America to become the sixth president of the College of New Jersey at Princeton. He instituted numerous reforms and taught several courses during his time as president.
Witherspoon disagreed with the growing British interference in the colonies and supported the American Revolution as part of New Jersey’s congressional delegation. As a politician, he was a staunch nationalist and republican; as a minister he was an Evangelical opponent of the Moderate Party of the Church of Scotland. He died in 1794 and is buried in the Princeton Cemetery.