What was going on in 1785?

Who was President?

Richard Henry Lee:
(Born: January 20, 1732 – Died: June 19, 1794)
The 12th President of the Continental Congress / Confederation Congress
(Term: November 30, 1784 – November 4, 1785)

John Hancock:
(Born: January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – Died: October 8, 1793)
The 13th President of the Continental Congress / Confederation Congress
(Term: November 23, 1785 – June 5, 1786)

How Many States were there?

Each of the thirteen colonies has been considered to have been a member State of the United States from one of two dates:
1) The date of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
2) The date on which they ratified the Articles of Confederation. New Jersey was the 11th to sign on November 19, 1778. Today the number of states (50) is based on when they ratified the present United States Constitution.

Who was Governor of New Jersey?

William Livingston:
(Born: November 30, 1723 – Died: July 25, 1790)
First Governor of New Jersey during the Revolutionary War and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
(Term: August 31, 1776 – July 25, 1790)

How Many Counties were in New Jersey?

There were thirteen counties, today there are twenty-one:
Bergen (Present: Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson)
Burlington (Present: Burlington and southern tip of Ocean)
Cape May
Cumberland (Present: Cumberland and NW corner of Cape May)
Essex (Present: Essex, Passaic, and Union)
Gloucester (Present: Gloucester, Atlantic, and Camden)
Hunterdon (Present: Hunterdon, NW Mercer)
Middlesex (Present: Middlesex and NE Mercer)
Monmouth (Present: Monmouth, E Mercer, and most of Ocean)
Somerset (Present: Somerset and Mercer)
Sussex (Present: Sussex and Warren)

What kind of money was used?

The Old British £.s.p (Pound . shilling . pence) system was used in each of the colonies.
4 farthings = 1 penny, (farthings were rarely used)
12 pence = 1 shilling, (Pence was the plural for penny)
20 shillings = 1 pound.

Proposed a decimal currency system based on the Spanish dollar, with coins for:
10 dollars (Eagle),
1 dollar (units),
1/10 dollar (dismes or tenths),
1/100 dollar (cents or hundredths), and
1/1000 dollar (milles or thousandths).

The original church property was bought for five shillings.

What was the population of the following?

The World:
1785: 975,000,000 est., 2013: 7,088,000,000 est.

The United States:
1785: 3,300,000 est., 2013: 315,900,000 est.

New Jersey:
1785: 155,250 est., 2013: 8,900,000 est.

Cumberland County, NJ:
1785: 6,600 est., 2013: 158,000 est.

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