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William Duer

William Duer, British Continental congressman. member of New York Committee of Public Safety, 1776; member of New York Assembly, 1786; member of New York Assembly, 1786.

Background

  • Duer, William was born on March 18, 1747 in Devonshire, England. Son of John and Frances (Frye) Duer.

  • Education

    • Educated Eton College.

    Career

    • Commissioned ensign British Army. Aide-de-camp to Lord Clive, 1762, accompanied Clive to India, 1764. Came to New York, 1768.

      Cotton manufacturer, New York and New Jersey, prior to American Revolution. Delegate to New York Provincial Congress, 1775. Colonel, deputy adjutant general New York Militia.

      Delegate to New York Constitutional Convention, 1776, member commission to draft constitution. Member of New York Committee of Public Safety, 1776. Delegate from New York to Continental Congress, 1777-1779, member of the board of war.

      1st judge common pleas Charlotte (now Washington) County (New York), 1777-1786. Signer Articles of Confederation. Instrumental in causing failure of Conway Cabal’s plan to remove Washington from command.

      Chairman commission for conspiracies (established by Congress), 1780. A founder Bank of New York, 1784. Secretary to Board of Treasury under Articles of confederation, New York City, 1786.

      Member of New York Assembly, 1786. Assistant secretary United States 1786. Member of New York Assembly, 1786.

      Assistant secretary unites states department of Treasury (founded 1789), 1789. Became involved in land and other speculations, imprisoned for debt, 1792.

    Membership

    Member of New York Committee of Public Safety, 1776. Member of New York Assembly, 1786. Member of New York Assembly, 1786.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine Alexander, 1779.
    • father: John Duer
    • mother: Frances (Frye) Duer
    • spouse: Catherine Alexander
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    Born March 18, 1747
    Died May 7, 1799
    (aged 51)
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