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Philemon Dickinson

Philemon Dickinson, American army officer, Continental congressman. member Continental Congress from Delaware, 1782-1783.


  • Dickinson, Philemon was born on April 5, 1739 in Croisia-dore, Talbot County, Maryland, United States. Son of Judge Samuel and Mary (Cadwalader) Dickinson.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the University Pennsylvania, 1759.


    • Commissioned colonel Hunterdon County (New Jersey) Battalion, 1775. Commissioned brigadier general New Jersey Militia, 1775, major general, commander-in-chief, 1776. Defeated a Cornwallis raiding expedition interrupting British retreat to New York before Battle of Monmouth, 1777.

      Appointed commissioner New Jersey Loan Office, 1781. Member Continental Congress from Delaware, 1782-1783. Vice president New Jersey Council, 1783-1784.

      Appointed a commissioner by Continental Congress to select site for United States Capitol, 1785.


    Member Continental Congress from Delaware, 1782-1783.


    • Married Mary Cadwalader, July 14, 1767. Married second, Rebecca Cadwalader.
    • father: Judge Samuel Dickinson
    • mother: Mary (Cadwalader) Dickinson
    • spouses: Mary Cadwalader
    • Rebecca Cadwalader.
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    Born April 5, 1739
    Died February 4, 1809
    (aged 69)