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On March 23 of 1835
The Morris and Essex Rail Road Company is organized to build a line from Newark to Morristown
On March 22 of 1758
Jonathan Edwards, the third president of The College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton University in 1896) who had succeeded his son-in-law Aaron Burr Sr. as head of the College after Burr's death, dies in Princeton some five weeks after being inoculated against smallpox. A prominent theologian and minister, Edwards had been a leading advocate for widespread inoculations against smallpox.
On March 21 of 1885
A fire destroys a wing of the State House in Trenton. Its reconstruction includes a new rotunda and dome which remain as part of the current structure.
On March 20 of 1747
Puritan missionary David Brainerd ends his work among the Native Americans in New Jersey, which included establishing the first reservation n the colonies for some 200 in Burlington County, due to failing health. He first moves to Elizabethtown and then to Massachusetts, where he dies at age 29 of tuberculosis on October 9, 1747.
On March 19 of 2005
John DeLorean, founder of the DeLorean Motor Company which made the uniquely styled sportscar named after him which was featured in the movie 'Back to the Future', dies at the age of 80 at Overlook Hospital in Summit from a stroke. In 1982, he was acquitted of charges that he was involved in a scheme to sell cocaine and in 1985 also acquitted of charges of tax evasion and defrauding investors.
On March 18 of 1673
Lord John Berkeley sells his half of New Jersey to a group of Quakers, who establish the Province of West Jersey
On March 17 of 1780
In a letter on this date, George Washington writes to the Marquis de Lafayette on the brutal winter which the Continental troops had experienced during their encampment at Morristown: “… the oldest people now living in the country do not remember so hard a winter as the one we are now emerging from. In a word the severity of the frost exceeded anything of the kind that had ever been experienced in this climate before.”
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"...God is from New Jersey,
He brought the whole house down,
West Virginia's almost heaven,
But Bayonne's God's home town..."
Seamus Kennedy, "God Is From New Jersey," Gransha Music
Four horse-drawn fire engines gallop on snow-covered street to fire in Newark in 1896 film shot by Thomas Edison Inc.
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