On February 9, 1776, future New Jersey Governor and Member of Congress Joseph Bloomfield became captain of the third New Jersey Regiment in the Continental Army. Bloomfield was born in Woodbridge, NJ. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1775. In 1776, he entered the Continental Army as captain of the Third New Jersey Regiment and later earned the rank of major. After the war, Bloomfield became state attorney general, but later resigned to become a trustee of Princeton College. In 1801, Bloomfield became Governor of New Jersey and served until 1812. In March of 1812, Bloomfield was commissioned as brigadier general in the United States Army to defend our nation from the British. After his service during the war, he was elected to the 15th and 16th United States Congresses. In recognition of his service and sacrifice to his nation and state, the city of Bloomfield, NJ was incorporated in his name.