Senator William Paterson – First Federal Congress


This William Paterson History Mug is one of a collection of the First Federal Congress members biographical mugs.  An image of William Paterson and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William Paterson of New Jersey was a signatory on the Constitution.  He is best remembered for introducing the New Jersey Plan in which each state would have one vote in Congress instead of the number of votes being based on population.  From 1776 to 1783 he served as attorney general of New Jersey before being elected Senator from 1789 to 1790, and then governor.  In 1793, George Washington appointed Paterson associate justice of the Supreme Court.  He held this position until he died in 1806.

First Federal Congress  1781-1789

The Continental Congress met between 1774-1785.  This was followed by the Confederation Congress, under the Articles of Confederation which existed between 1785-1789.  The First United States Congress, also known as the First Federal Congress, consisted of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, which met between, March 4, 1789 and March 4, 1791.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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