1723 – He was born on the 5th day of February this year in Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland.
1739 – He attended the Haddington Grammar School, and obtained a Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh.
1745 – He was briefly imprisoned at Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling, which had a long-term impact on his health.
1768 – He finally accepted another invitation (he had turned it down in 1766) to become President of the Presbyterian College of New Jersey in Princeton, and he and his wife emigrated to New Jersey.
1776 – He was elected to the Continental Congress and, in July this year, voted for the Resolution for Independence.
1782 – He became one of its most influential members and a workhorse or prodigious energy.
1789 – His graduates included twelve governors, and when the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America met.
1792 – He suffered a series of eye injuries and was blind by this year.
1794 – He died this year on his farm Tusculum, just outside of Princeton. He was buried in the Princeton Cemetery.