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Governor of Maryland , Continental congressman

William Paca, American governor of Maryland, Continental congressman. member Maryland. Provincial Legislature, 1768,; member Maryland. Committee of Correspondence; member Continental Congress, 1774-1779,; member Maryland. Constitutional Convention, 1st Maryland. Senate; member Society of Cincinnati.

Background

Paca, William was born on October 31, 1740 in Abingdon, Maryland, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth (Smith) Paca.

Education

Graduated from College of Philadelphia, 1759. Studied law, Inner Temple, London, England.

Career

Admitted to practice before Mayor’s Court, Philadelphia, 1761, to Maryland. Provincial Court bar, 1764. Member Maryland. Provincial Legislature, 1768, member committee that directed construction of state house, Annapolis.

Member Maryland. Committee of Correspondence. Member Continental Congress, 1774-1779, member committee of 13 for Foreign Affairs. Signed Declaration of Independence.

Member Maryland. Constitutional Convention, 1st Maryland. Senate; chief judge Maryland. General Court, 1778; appointed chief justice Court of Appeals in Admiralty and Prize Cases, 1780.

Governor Maryland., 1782-1783, 84-85. Raised subscriptions for Washington College. Honorary member Society of Cincinnati.

Membership

Member Maryland. Provincial Legislature, 1768. Member Maryland. Committee of Correspondence. Member Continental Congress, 1774-1779.

Member Maryland. Constitutional Convention, 1st Maryland. Senate; member Society of Cincinnati.

Connections

Married Mary Chew, May 26, 1763. Married second, Anne Harrison, 1777.

father:
John Paca

mother:
Elizabeth (Smith) Paca

spouses:
Mary Chew

Anne Harrison