Clark, Abraham (1726–1794), a United States patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Clark was born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), New Jersey, and practiced law although he apparently was never admitted to the bar. He served on the New Jersey Committee of Public Safety, in the New Jersey legislature, and in the Continental Congress, and helped raise supplies for Washington throughout the Revolution. Clark opposed the Constitution until the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1791. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1791–94.
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