John Skene (New Jersey)
|3rd Deputy Governor of West New Jersey|
|Governor||Edward Byllynge, Dr. Daniel Coxe|
|Preceded by||Thomas Olive|
Newtyle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Burlington County, West New Jersey
|Children||Alexander, Katherin, Lilias, Christian, Matthew|
Skene was born in Newtyle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In 1659 he was admitted as a burgess in Aberdeen. A Quaker, he left Scotland and settled in West New Jersey where he purchased a 500-acre plantation he called Peachfield.
John Skene was a member of the West Jersey General Free Assembly representing the Second Tenth in 1683, and was chosen by the Assembly to serve as a member of the West New Jersey Provincial Council, members at the time being able to serve in both houses.
In October 1684 he was appointed by Governor Edward Byllynge as deputy governor, ousting Thomas Olive, the Assembly Speaker, who had been chosen by the lower house to serve concurrently as both speaker and governor; Byllynge considered this an illegal usurpation of his power.
- Memorials of the family of Skene of Skene; William Forbes Skene, D.C.L., LL.D.; Printed for the New Spalding Club, 1887, p. 78
- NJFreemason.net, History of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey
- The Grants, Concessions and Original Constitutions of the Province of New Jersey, Aaron Leaming and Jacob Spicer; W. Bradford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1758. p. 457
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