John Outcalt (1770-1853)

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Person
John Outcalt (1770-1853)
Identifier
NJS-PER-00035
Given Name
John
Family Name
Outcalt
Disambiguation
(1770-1853)
Sex
Birth Date
1770
Death Date
1853
Biographical Description
John Outcalt was a judge in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the early 19th century.

In his official capacity as the Justice of the Peace for the county, he issued manumission certificates for residents of North Brunswick whose enslavers agreed to set them free.

In his role as the Judge of Common Pleas for the county, he was also responsible for approving removal certificates to authorize the movement of enslaved people out of New Jersey to other states. In 1818, he colluded with the notorious slave trading ring organized by Judge Jacob Van Wickle in Middlesex County. Judge Outcalt signed many falsified removal certificates that helped Van Wickle sell Black New Jerseyans into slavery in the Deep South.
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