James Ewing, the youngest son of Thomas Ewing Sr. and
Mary Maskell, was born July 12, 1744. He was a member of the famous "Tea Party"
which, on the night of Thursday, Dec. 22, 1774, destroyed a quantity of tea which had been
landed at Greenwich NJ, contrary to the Articles of Association of the Continental
Congress. He was elected to the Assembly from Cumberland County in 1778, and liked the
atmosphere of Trenton so well that he took up his residence there the next year, in 1779.
He engaged in the mercantile business, and for a short time was a partner of Isaac
Collins, the printer of the New Jersey Gazette. For several years he was one of the
Commissioners of the State Loan Office. He was the author of an ingenious "Columbian
Alphabet," an attempt at a reformed system of spelling, which he explained in a
pamphlet published at Trenton in 1798. He was Mayor of Trenton from 1797-1803. He died
October 23, 1823.