Person:William Paca (1)

Gov. William Paca, 3rd Governor of Maryland
m. 1732
  1. Gov. William Paca, 3rd Governor of Maryland1740 - 1799
  2. Aquila Paca
  • HGov. William Paca, 3rd Governor of Maryland1740 - 1799
  • WMary Chew
  1. John Philemon Paca1771 - 1840
  • HGov. William Paca, 3rd Governor of Maryland1740 - 1799
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Facts and Events
Name Gov. William Paca, 3rd Governor of Maryland
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 31 Oct 1740 Abingdon, Baltimore (now Harford) County, Maryland
Occupation? 1771-1774 Maryland state legislator
Occupation? 1774-1779 Member of Continental Congress
Occupation? 1778-1782 Judge (Maryland Superior Court & Court of Appeals)
Occupation? 1782-1785 Governor of Maryland
Occupation? 1789-1799 Federal Judge in Maryland
Death[1] 23 Oct 1799 Harford, Maryland, United States
Signers of U.S. Declaration of Independence
John AdamsSamuel AdamsJosiah BartlettCarter BraxtonCharles CarrollSamuel ChaseAbraham ClarkGeorge ClymerWilliam ElleryWilliam FloydBen FranklinElbridge GerryButton GwinnettLyman HallJohn HancockBenjamin HarrisonJohn HartJoseph HewesThomas HeywardWilliam HooperStephen HopkinsFrancis HopkinsonSamuel HuntingtonThomas JeffersonFrancis Lightfoot LeeRichard Henry LeeFrancis LewisLivingstonThomas LynchThomas McKeanArthur MiddletonLewis MorrisRobert MorrisJohn MortonThomas Nelson, Jr.William PacaRobert Treat PaineJohn PennGeorge ReadRodneyRossRushEdward RutledgeRoger ShermanSmithStocktonStoneTaylorThorntonWaltonWilliam WhippleWilliam WilliamsJames WilsonWitherspoonOliver WolcottWythe

  1. 1.0 1.1 William Paca, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Secondary quality.
  2. William Paca, in Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Secondary quality.

    ... William Paca was born on October 31, 1740 at his family’s home in what is now Harford County, north of Baltimore. He was the second son of John and Elizabeth Smith Paca and the fourth generation of Pacas in Maryland. His great-grandfather Robert Paca had emigrated from England. The name Paca is pronounced PAY-ka; we know this because of a rhyme that William Paca wrote. ...

  3.   Family Recorded, in Stiverson, Gregory A., and Phebe R. Jacobsen. William Paca, A Biography. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1976, Secondary quality.

    ... Paca was tutored at home in the classics before attending Philadelphia College at age fifteen, where he graduated at eighteen with a Masters degree in 1759. He then studied law in Annapolis at the office of an eminent lawyer. Before seeking admission to the Bar of Maryland, he attended training at the Inner Temple in England. He was admitted to the bar in 1764; returned home and commenced the practice of his profession at Annapolis in 1764.

    His political engagement began in his interest in the law. He wrote and organized against a poll-tax originated by the royal governor just prior to the outbreak of hostilities. He was a local leader in the patriot movement in the late 1770s --Elected to the State Legislature of Maryland in 1771, he was appointed to the Continental Congress in 1774. He was reelected and served in 1779, signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also served in the State senate 1777-1779. He was appointed chief judge of the superior court of Maryland 1778-1780; chief justice of the court of appeals in prize and admiralty cases 1780-1782. He was elected Governor of Maryland, serving from November 1782 to November 1785; was influential in establishing Washington College in Chestertown, Md., in 1786; delegate to the State convention in 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution; appointed by President Washington as judge of the United States Court for Maryland and served from 1789 until his death at “Wye Hall,” Queen Anne County, Md., October 23, 1799; interment in the family burial ground, Queen Anne County, Md. ...

  4.   Family Recorded, in Kennedy, Mary Selden. Seldens of Virginia and allied families. (New York: Frank Allaben, c1911), 2:280, Secondary quality.

    ... He married Mary, daughter of Samuel and Henrietta Maria (Lloyd) Chew. ...