|Birthplace:||County Londonderry, Ireland|
|Place of Burial:||Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania|
|Managed by:||Private User|
Historical records matching Charles Thomson, Sec'y of Cont. Congress
About Charles Thomson, Sec'y of Cont. Congress
Charles Thomson (November 29, 1729 – August 16, 1824) was a Patriot leader in Philadelphia during the American Revolution and the secretary of the Continental Congress (1774–1789) throughout its existence.
Thomson was born in Gorteade townland, Maghera parish, County Londonderry, Ireland, to Scots-Irish parents. After the death of his mother in 1739, his father emigrated to the British colonies in America with Charles and two or three brothers. The father died at sea, and the penniless boys were separated in America. Charles was cared for by a blacksmith in New Castle, Delaware, and was educated in New London, Pennsylvania. In 1750 he became a tutor in Latin at the Philadelphia Academy.
He was the one who informed George Washington of his election to the US Presidency, and his name is the only non-Delegate signature on the Declaration of Independence (which he signed in his capacity as Congressional Secretary)