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Philemon Dickinson

army officer , Continental congressman

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Membership

Member Continental Congress from Delaware, 1782-1783.

Connections

Married Mary Cadwalader, July 14, 1767. Married second, Rebecca Cadwalader.

father:
Judge Samuel Dickinson

mother:
Mary (Cadwalader) Dickinson

spouses:
Mary Cadwalader

Rebecca Cadwalader.