Stephen Crane (Continental Congress)

Stephen Crane (Continental Congress)

Stephen Crane (Continental Congress)

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For the writer and poet see: Stephen Crane.
Stephen Crane (1709 РJuly 1, 1780) was an American politician from Elizabethtown (Elizabeth, New Jersey) who was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. He also served in the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey Legislative Council. Crane was part of the Congressional delegation that opposed separation from Great Britain which caused the state’s provincial congress to replace their entire delegation in June of 1776.

Crane was born in Elizabethtown. He served as sheriff of Essex County and was elected as a member of its town committee in 1750. He was also a judge of the court of common pleas. From 1766 to 1773, he was a member of the colony's general assembly 1766-1773 and served as speaker in 1771. He was also mayor of Elizabethtown before he became a member of the Continental Congress. Until his death in 1780, Crane held several public offices in New Jersey.


  • Phoebe Crane, wife (d.1776)
  • William Crane, son; born 1748 in Elizabethtown, served as major of an Essex County, New Jersey regiment. Fought with Richard Montgomery in the Battle of Quebec, received a leg wound that required amputation years later. Promoted to brigadier general in the New Jersey militia after the war.
  • Ichabod Bennet Crane (July 18, 1787 - October 1857) grandson; was born in Elizabethtown, commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, served aboard the USS United States, with Stephen...... ...
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