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Charles Thomson

secretary Continental Congress

Charles Thomson, Irish secretary Continental Congress.


Thomson, Charles was born on November 29, 1729 in County Derry, Ireland. Son of John Thomson.


Doctor of Laws, Princeton, 1822. M Ruth Mather.


Came to American 1739. Tutor Philadelphia Academy, 1750. Master Latin school in what became William Penn Charter School, 1757-1760.

Became merchant, Philadelphia, 1760. Active in Pennsylvania politics during years before American Revolution. One of key mems. Sons of Liberty who persuaded Pennsylvania to support Massachusetts position.

Secretary Continental Congress, 1774-1789. Notified George Washington of his election as United States President. Published translations of Septuagint and the New Testament under title The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Covenant, 4 vols., 1808.

Synopsis of the Four Evangelists, 1815. Critical Annotations on Gilbert Wakefield’s Works.


Married second, Hannah Harrison, September 1, 1774.

John Thomson. Thomson

Hannah Harrison