John Berrien

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John Berrien
Portrait of a Gentleman, possibly Judge John Berrien.jpg
Judge John Berrien,
by Charles Willson Peale
Born(1711-11-19)November 19, 1711
DiedApril 22, 1772(1772-04-22) (aged 60)

John Berrien (November 19, 1711 – April 22, 1772) was a farmer and merchant from Rocky Hill, New Jersey.[1][2] He was appointed a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1764 and was a trustee of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, for eleven years.[3]


Peter Berrien and Elizabeth Woodhull Edsall. He married Margaret Eaton and had as their child, Major John Berrien (1759–1815).

It was from the Berrien Mansion, Rockingham, near Rocky Hill, New Jersey that General George Washington wrote his final address to the army in 1783.[4] John Berrien a Freemason was a member of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah, Georgia. Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. was founded by the renowned freemason James Edward Oglethorpe on February 21, 1734. Solomon's Lodge at Savannah is the "Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere".


  1. ^ Bailey, Rosalie Fellows (1936). "House of John Berrien; Washington's Headquarters". Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York. New York: William Morrow & Company. pp. 431–3. OCLC 1464629.
  2. ^ "DEP Officially Reopens Rockingham". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. July 1, 2004.
  3. ^ Keasbey, Edward Quinton (1912). "John Berrien, 1764–1772, His home called "Rockingham," Washington's headquarters at Rocky Hill". The Courts and Lawyers of New Jersey 1661–1912. I. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 303–5.
  4. ^ McFarlane, Kate E. (1912). "The Washington Headquarters at Rocky Hill". In Honeyman, A. Van Doren (ed.). Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society. I. pp. 85–90.

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