Guide to the Isaac Williamson (1767-1844), Governor of New Jersey Legal Notebook 1794 MG 189
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Isaac Halstead Williamson was born in 1767 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He later studied law with his brother Matthias and became a leading lawyer in New Jersey. He received his attorney’s license in 1791, followed by his counselor’s license five years later; and in 1804, he was called to be a sergeant-at-law. In 1808, he married Anne Crossdale Jouet (1777-1853) and together they had two sons, Benjamin in 1809 and Isaac Halstead in 1811. In 1815, without knowledge that his name was on the ticket, Isaac was elected as the Democratic representative for Essex County. Two years later he was elected Governor of New Jersey and was re-elected every year from 1818-1829. As part of his duties as governor, Williamson served as the judge of the Prerogative Court of New Jersey. Williamson was mayor of Elizabethtown from 1830-1833 and, in 1831 and 1832, he was elected to represent Essex County as a member of the New Jersey Council (now known as the Senate). Despite holding these political offices Williamson continued to practice law. In 1844, he was unanimously elected to be President of the convention that framed the new State constitution. However, he had to relinquish this position due to poor health and by the end of the year he died in Elizabethtown.
This volume was kept by Isaac Halstead Williamson in 1794, probably during his time as a law student or during his early career. It measures 0.03 linear feet and contains legal definitions for such terms as “Personal Estate” and “Lien” as well as a subject index.
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