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Bordentown in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Notable Bordentown Residents

Delaware River Heritage Trail

 
 
Notable Bordentown Residents Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
1. Notable Bordentown Residents Marker
Inscription.  
Though never larger than a small village, a remarkable cross section of notable and influential people lived in Bordentown in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Leaders of the American Revolution who lived on Farnsworth Avenue included Joseph Borden, Joseph Kirkbride, and the multi talented Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Paine, the influential writer who championed American independence, lived on Church Street.

Hopkinson's son Joseph, a jurist and man of letters, was advisor to Bordentown's most unlikely resident, Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon. Bonaparte created one of the young nation's grandest estates between Park Street and Crosswicks Creek.

Several artists have a Bordentown connection. Patience Lovell Wright (b. 1725), whose home is at this intersection, and her sister Rachel Wells were America's first female sculptors and international art entrepreneurs. Their popular wax figures were exhibited in America and abroad in the eighteenth century. Joseph Wright, son of Patience, was a successful portrait painter and engraver, maritime artist George
Notable Bordentown Residents Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
2. Notable Bordentown Residents Marker
Bonfield, folk artist Susan Waters and the Samuel Waugh family were among the artists living here in the nineteenth century.

A prominent figure in New York's artistic and literary circles and a civic and educational reformer, Bordentown native Richard Watson Gilder was also a journalist, poet and one of the most influential magazine editors of the nineteenth century. Clara Barton launched her first charitable projet, one of the state's first free public schools, here in 1852. Barton later founded the American Red Cross.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEducationWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Clara Barton series list.
 
Location. 40° 8.927′ N, 74° 42.821′ W. Marker is in Bordentown, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 662 and Farnsworth Avenue, on the left when traveling east on County Road 662. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown NJ 08505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home of Col. Joseph Borden 2nd (here, next to this marker); Francis Hopkinson (a few steps from this marker); This Was The Home Of Joseph Hopkinson (a few steps from this marker); Patience Lovell Wright
Samuel Bell Waugh banner on display in Bordentown image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
3. Samuel Bell Waugh banner on display in Bordentown
Born in Pennsylvania in 1814, Waugh studied art in Europe and became one of the leading portrait and landscape artists in Philadelphia. He became famous for painting panoramas of the Italian countryside and built a summer home in Bordentown to resemble an Italian villa, where the Waugh family spent much of their time. Several of his paintings are on display at the Philadelphia Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Patience Lovell Wright (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Stephen Sayre (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright House (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Thomas Buchanan Read (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bordentown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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