Nathaniel Scudder

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Nathaniel Scudder (May 10, 1733 – October 17, 1781) was a doctor who represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress from 1778-1779. He was also one of the signers of the Articles of Confederation.

Early life

Scudder was born in Monmouth Court House, New Jersey. He attended Princeton, where he studied medicine; after graduating in 1751, he set up practice in Monmouth County.

Continental Congress

Scudder was elected to the Continental Congress in 1777 and served until 1779, during which time he signed the Articles of Confederation.


Scudder, a colonel in the New Jersey militia, was killed in action on October 17, 1781, while fighting against British invaders. He was buried in Tennent Church Graveyard in Tennent, New Jersey.


  • Speaker of the state general assembly in 1776.
  • Served as trustee of Princeton College from 1778-1781.[1]