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Now Law: Pintor Marin, Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Designate ‘Peter Francisco Day’ in New Jersey

Paying tribute to one of the most famous privates of the Revolutionary War, Assembly Democrats Eliana Pintor Marin, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following statements on their measure (AJR-157) to designate March 15 of each year as “Peter Francisco Day” in New Jersey, which was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.

Assemblywoman Pintor Marin (D-Essex): “Peter Francisco led a remarkable life filled with adventure, turmoil and triumph. He was kidnapped from the Portuguese islands as a child and left abandoned in Virginia, only to be taken in by a man who raised him as an indentured servant. But his tragic upbringing didn’t stop him from becoming a widely regarded private in the Revolutionary War, in which he famously fought in battles while severely injured and even once saved the life of his colonel. There is a park in my hometown of Newark named after Peter Francisco, and I believe designating a day in his honor will further preserve his great legacy.”

Assemblyman Houghtaling (D-Monmouth): “Peter Francisco’s story is one of courage and perseverance. He was a true patriot who exemplified bravery, overcoming all obstacles in his path to fight for his country’s freedom. It is said he once fought his way past nine enemy soldiers who surrounded him, and was able to escape despite sustaining a bullet wound. Francisco was an integral part of the Revolutionary War and our country’s history, and he deserves to be remembered.”

Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth): “We all can draw inspiration from the life of Peter Francisco. His acts of bravery during the American Revolution are clear examples of his resilience and strength, and not just in character – at six foot, six inches and 260 pounds, he was likely among the strongest men of his time. I’m looking forward to taking time to celebrate Peter Francisco’s life and legacy on March 15 for years to come.”