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Cortlandt Skinner
Attorney General
1754-1776

     
  Cortlandt Skinner was born in New Jersey in 1728. Following his general education and legal education, he began practicing law in 1749. He was elected to the Assembly in 1761 and was chosen Speaker in 1765. In 1754 he was appointed New Jersey Attorney General by Governor Jonathan Belcher. Skinner was the last of the Attorneys General before the Revolution. At the start of the Revolution, he served under the British crown and was authorized to enlist a corps of loyalists. He continued in command of the corps, serving in the rank of brigadier general. After the Revolution he went to England with his family, where he remained until his death.
 
 
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