John Dickinson (1732 - 1808)

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Birthplace: Talbot Co. MD
Death: Died in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Occupation: Lawyer;governor
Managed by: Stephen Martin Raisz
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About John Dickinson

John Dickinson (November 8, 1732 – February 14, 1808) was an American lawyer and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. He was a militia officer during the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware and President of Pennsylvania. Among the wealthiest men in the British American colonies, he is known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania; upon receiving news of his death, President Thomas Jefferson recognized him as being "among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country when assailed by Great Britain" whose "name will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution."[1] He is the namesake of Dickinson College.

for more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dickinson_%28delegate%29 Birth: Nov. 8, 1732 Trappe (Talbot County) Talbot County Maryland, USA Death: Feb. 14, 1808 Wilmington New Castle County Delaware, USA

Continental Congressman, Revolutionary War Militia Brigadier General, United States Constitution Signer. In history he has become popularly referred to as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his articles titled "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania" and "Declaration of the Causes of Taking Up Arms." He served as a member of the Assembly of the "Lower Counties," as Delaware was then called, in 1760, and served in the Pennsylvania State Assembly from 1762 through 1764. In 1765 served as a Delegate to the Stamp Act Congress representing Pennsylvania and from 1774 to 1776 was a member of the Continental Congress also representing Pennsylvania. After rejecting declaring independence from Great Britain, he served as a Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania State Militia during the Revolutionary War. In 1777 was again appointed to the Continental Congress, however this time to represent Delaware. Also in 1777 he freed all his slaves at his Delaware home "Poplar Grove" which was considered an unthinkable act during this time. On November 13, 1781 was elected Governor of the State of Delaware and served until November 4, 1782 at which time he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Served as Governor or Pennsylvania until 1785. Later served in the Delaware State Senate from 1792 through 1792. (bio by: Russ Pickett)


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Parents:
 Samuel Dickinson (1689 - 1760)
 Mary Cadwalader Dickinson (____ - 1776)

Spouse:
 Mary Norris Dickinson (1740 - 1803)*

Sibling:
 John Dickinson (1732 - 1808)
 Philemon Dickinson (1739 - 1809)*
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Burial: Friends Meeting House Burial Ground Wilmington New Castle County Delaware, USA


Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Feb 01, 1999 Find A Grave Memorial# 4428 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4428

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John Dickinson, Signer of the US Constitution, President of Pennsylvania, President of Delaware's Timeline

1732
November 8, 1732
Talbot Co. MD
1770
July 19, 1770
Age 37
July 19, 1770
Age 37
1808
February 14, 1808
Age 75
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
February 14, 1808
Age 75
Friends Meeting House Burial Ground Wilmington New Castle County Delaware, USA