Category Archives: John Witherspoon

Even the Best Constitution Will Be Ineffectual…

John Witherspoon

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” – John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

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Have Regard to the Moral Character of Those Invested with Authority

John Witherspoon

“The people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches.” – John Witherspoon, a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey (1768–94, now Princeton University), he trained many leaders of the early nation and was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration.

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