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Proceedings of the State Convention of Coloured Men of the State of New Jersey, Held in the City of Trenton, N.J., July 13th and 14th, 1865; With a Short Address to the Local People of New Jersey, Together with the Constitution of the Equal Rights League of the State of New Jersey.

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Samuel G. Gould, Trenton.

John Lewis, "

Thomas H. Cooper, "

James Sernby, "

Gilbert Reading, Princeton.

Reading B. Johns, "

Jas. Schank, "

Wm. Steward, Bridgeton.

Abijah Gould, Jr., "

Benjamin Shortis, Egg Harbor.

Robert Cox, Cape May.

Gideon Lewis, Bordentown.

Anthony Simmons, Honorary.

Amos Davis, "

Benjamin Tilmon, "

Spencer Emmons, "

Alfred Wood, "

Samuel Williams, "

John W. Stephenson, "

Francis Reinear, "

Rev. Mr. Brogden, "

Charles Stille, "

Rev. Jno. Hamilton,"


On motion of Mr. Gould the report be received, objected to, Thos. H. Cooper's name not being on the report, he having presented his credentials.

The committee retire and again report having overlooked the name of T. H. Cooper who is entitled to a seat.

On motion the report was received and adopted.

On motion Mr. Anthony Simmons was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Amos Davis was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Benjamin Tilmon was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Spencer Emmons was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Alfred Wood was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Samuel Williams of Bordentown was made an honorary member.

On motion Rev. John H. Stephenson was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Francis Reinear was made an honorary member.

On motion Rev. Wm. Brogden was made an honorary member.

On motion Mr. Charles Stille was made Sergeant-at-arms of this convention.

Suggestions were made as to appointing a committee on permanent organization, but, on motion of Rev. Theodore Gould, nominations were made for officers from the open house, whereupon Rev. Nelson H. Turpin, Samuel G. Gould and Rev. Theodore Gould were nominated for president. The chair directed voting to be by ballot and appointed Mr. James Schank, of Princeton, and Rev. Thos. H. Cooper, of Trenton, for tellers of the election.

On motion that all the officers be nominated and elected by the first ballot. Lost.

The polls were opened and voting proceeded for president.

On counting the votes it was found that Samuel G. Gould had the greatest number, whereupon the Chair declared Samuel G. Gould, of Trenton, duly and fairly elected president of this body.

The President elect, upon taking the chair, acknowledged the honor and stated the object of the convention by explaining the actions of [the] convention of Colored men which met in Syracuse, N.Y. on October last.

Suggestions were made as to the number of Vice Presidents, when, on motion, it was carried that two Vice Presidents should be elected. Rev. Theodore Gould, of Burlington, Rev. Thos. H. Cooper, of Trenton, Abijah Gould, Jr., of Bridgeton, Rev. Rob't Pinn, of Burlington, Rev. Reading B. Johns, of Princeton, and Wm. I. Conover, of Trenton, were nominated for Vice Presidents.

On the first ballot it was found that Rev. Theo. Gould had the largest number of votes, who was declared elected first Vice President; and on the second ballot it was found that Rev. Robert Pinn had the greatest number of votes, who was declared elected second Vice President.

On motion the honorary members are allowed all the immunities of other members, lost.

On motion the motions that made "honorary members" be rescinded, lost.

Wm. Steward, of Bridgeton, was nominated for Recording Secretary, Rev. Reading B. Johns, of Princeton, for Corresponding Secretary, Gideon Lewis, of Bordentown, for Recording Secretary, John Lewis, of Trenton, for Cor. Sec'y. On counting the votes it was found that Wm. Steward was declared duly elected Recording Secretary for this convention, and Reading B. Johns, Corresponding Secretary.

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