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Paterson, William
Born December 24, 1745, in County Antrim, Ireland
Died September 9, 1806, in Albany, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by George Washington on March 4, 1793, to a seat vacated by Thomas Johnson. Confirmed by the Senate on March 4, 1793, and received commission on March 4, 1793. Service terminated on September 9, 1806, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Southern Circuit, Spring 1793, Fall 1796, Fall 1799
Middle Circuit, Fall 1793, Spring 1795-Fall 1795, Spring 1797-Fall 1797, Spring 1799, Fall 1800
Eastern Circuit, Spring 1794-Fall 1794, Spring 1798-Fall 1798, Fall 1799-Fall 1800
Third Circuit, April 29, 1802-March 2, 1803
Second Circuit, March 3, 1803-September 9, 1806

Education:
College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), 1763
College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), M.A., 1766
Read law, 1768

Professional Career:
Private practice, New Bromley, New Jersey, 1769-1772
Private practice, Princeton and Somerset County, New Jersey, 1772-1776
Assistant secretary and secretary, New Jersey Provincial Congress, 1775, 1776
Delegate, New Jersey constitutional convention, 1776
Member, New Jersey Legislative Council, 1776-1777
Somerset County [New Jersey] Battalion of Minutemen officer, 1777
Member, New Jersey Council of Safety, 1777
Attorney general, State of New Jersey, 1776-1783
Private practice, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1783-1789
Delegate, Federal Constitutional Convention, 1787
U.S. senator from New Jersey, 1789-1790
Governor and chancellor, New Jersey, 1790-1793

Nominated to Supreme Court of the United States, February 27, 1793; nomination withdrawn
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