William Paterson

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William Paterson
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: March 4, 1793 – September 9, 1806
Nominator George Washington
Predecessor Thomas Johnson
Successor Henry Brockholst Livingston
2nd Governor of New Jersey
From: October 29, 1790 – March 30, 1793
Predecessor Elisha Lawrence
Successor Thomas Henderson
Former U.S. Senator from New Jersey
From: March 4, 1789 – November 13, 1790
Predecessor None
Successor Philemon Dickinson
Religion Presbyterian

William Paterson (December 24, 1745 – September 9, 1806) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in addition to being a New Jersey statesman and a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, where he proposed the New Jersey Plan.[1]

Patterson was one of the authors of the Judiciary Act of 1789 - which created the federal legal structure he would soon be a part of.[2] On the Supreme Court, his role as a framer gave credence to what he cited as the original intent of the drafters of the Constitution.


  1. William Paterson (English) (HTML). Oyez. Chicago-Kent School of Law.
  2. William Paterson - Jersey, Court, Supreme, Constitution, Congress, and Created (English) (HTML). law.jrank.