Person:John Dickinson (54)

John Dickinson
m. 4 Nov 1731
  1. John Dickinson1732 - 1808
  2. Thomas Dickinson1734 -
  3. Col./Sen. Philemon Dickinson1739 - 1809
  • HJohn Dickinson1732 - 1808
  • WMary Norrisbef 1753 -
m. 19 July 1770
  1. Maria Dickinson1783 - 1854
Facts and Events
Name John Dickinson
Gender Male
Birth[2] 13 or 15 Nov 1732 Talbot, Maryland, United States(new style)
Marriage 19 July 1770 to Mary Norris
Death[2] 14 Feb 1808 Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Reference Number? Q878687?

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John Dickinson (November 2 Jul./November 13Greg., 1732Cite error 3; Invalid call; invalid keys, e.g. too many or wrong key specified – February 14, 1808), a Founding Father of the United States, was a solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, published individually in 1767 and 1768. As a member of the First Continental Congress, where he was a signee to the Continental Association, Dickinson drafted most of the 1774 Petition to the King, and then, as a member of the Second Continental Congress, wrote the 1775 Olive Branch Petition. When these two attempts to negotiate with King George III of Great Britain failed, Dickinson reworked Thomas Jefferson's language and wrote the final draft of the 1775 Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. When Congress then decided to seek independence from Great Britain, Dickinson served on the committee that wrote the Model Treaty, and then wrote the first draft of the 1776–1777 Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.

Dickinson later served as President of the 1786 Annapolis Convention, which called for the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Dickinson attended the Convention as a delegate from Delaware.

He also wrote "The Liberty Song" in 1768, was a militia officer during the American Revolution, President of Delaware, President of Pennsylvania, and was among the wealthiest men in the British American colonies. Upon Dickinson's death, President Thomas Jefferson recognized him as being "Among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country when assailed by Great Britain whose "name will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution.""

Together with his wife, Mary Norris Dickinson, he is the namesake of Dickinson College (originally John and Mary's College), as well as of the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware's Dickinson Complex. John Dickinson High School was opened/dedicated in 1959 as part of the public schools in northern Delaware.

  1.   John Dickinson (politician), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Spencer, Richard Henry. Thomas family of Talbot County, Maryland: and allied families. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1914).

    JOHN DICKINSON, 1732-1808. Entered of the Middle Temple, London, 1753. Member Lower House of Assembly from Delaware, 1760-1762, and from Philadelphia, 1762. Delegate to the Colonial Congress, in 1765, to oppose the Stamp Act. Member Continental Congress from Delaware, 1776, 1777 and 1779. President Supreme Council of Delaware, 1780. President of the Council of Pennsylvania, 1782. Author of the "Farmer's Letters." He was one of the founders of Dickinson College, in 1783, and the institution was named for him.

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