E. B.: The Story of Elias Boudinot IV, His Family, His Friends, and His Country

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Dorrance, 1977 - Legislators - 472 pages
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Biography of Elias Boudinot IV (1740-1821) of New Jersey, a personal friend of George Washington, and active in the national politics of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Elias IV was a great-grandson of Elias I, a French Huguenot who immigrated from France to New York City. The family surname had originally been "Oudinot," changed to Boudinot in Marans, Aunis province, France. Possibly Elias I went first to Antigua in the British West Indies, and in 1687 he immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina, settling later in New York City. Elias III was a famous silversmith who moved from Philadelphia to Princeton, New Jersey and then to Elizabeth, New Jersey. Elias Boudinot IV (1740-1821) was active in the Revolutionary War, as the Commissary General of Prisoners, and in the Continental Congress (he served as President of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783). After the Constitution was accepted, Elias IV served in the United States Congress between 1791 and 1795, and became director of the United States Mint from 1795 to 1805. He then retired to Burlington, New Jersey, but maintained his correspondence with family, friends, and federal officials.

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