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John Witherspoon


1723 - 1794

Monument to John Witherspoon, Gifford
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Monument to John Witherspoon, Gifford

Clergyman born in Gifford, East Lothian. Witherspoon served as the Minister of churches in Beith and then Paisley. He emigrated to USA in 1768 to become President of Princeton University (then the College of New Jersey). He taught and influenced many future leaders of the US. Helped frame the US Declaration of Independence and was one of the signatories. Also coined the word "Americanism".

He is remembered by a plaque in Gifford and a statue in Paisley.


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