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John Dickinson

John Dickinson, American Continental congressman. member Assembly of Lower Counties (Delaware), 1760, later became speaker; member Pennsylvania Legislature from Philadelphia, 1762-1764, 70-76; member Continental Congress, 1774-1776, 79-81.

Background

  • Dickinson, John was born on November 8, 1732 in Talbot County, Maryland, United States. Son of Samuel and Mary (Cadwalader) Dickinson.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Laws, College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1768.

    Career

    • Admitted to Middle Temple, London, England. Admitted to Philadelphia bar, 1757. Member Assembly of Lower Counties (Delaware), 1760, later became speaker.

      Member Pennsylvania Legislature from Philadelphia, 1762-1764, 70-76. Printed pamphlet The Late Regulations Respecting the British Colonies on the Continent of America Considered, 1765. Delegate to Stamp Act Congress from Pennsylvania, 1765.

      Chairman Committee of Correspondence, 1774. Member Continental Congress, 1774-1776, 79-81. Chairman of a committee of safety and defense, 1775.

      Advocated conciliation with England. Voted against Declaration of Independence. Colonel 1st Battalion raised in Philadelphia.

      President Supreme Council Delaware, 1781. President Supreme Council Pennsylvania, 1782-1785. Delegate United States Constitutional Convention from Delaware, 1787.

      Noted for published series of letters urging adoption of Constitution, signed Fabius. Author: Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies (urged non-importation instead of violence), 1768.

    Works

    • Author: Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies (urged non-importation instead of violence), 1768.

    Membership

    Member Assembly of Lower Counties (Delaware), 1760, later became speaker. Member Pennsylvania Legislature from Philadelphia, 1762-1764, 70-76. Member Continental Congress, 1774-1776, 79-81.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Norris, July 19, 1770.
    • father: Samuel Dickinson
    • mother: Mary (Cadwalader) Dickinson
    • spouse: Mary Norris
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    Born November 8, 1732
    Died February 14, 1808
    (aged 75)
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