John Dickinson

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Date of Birth November 13, 1732
Place of Birth Maryland
Date of Death Feb 14, 1808 (75)
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John Dickinson

John Dickinson, 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.

Born: Nov 2 Jul /Nov 13 Greg, 1732, Talbot County, Province of Maryland, British America
Died: February 14, 1808, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Resting place: Friends Burial Ground, Wilmington
Political party: Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s): Mary (Polly) Norris
Residence: Kent County, Delaware, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware
Vice President: James Ewing, James Irvine, Charles Biddle
Preceded by: William Moore
Succeeded by: Benjamin Franklin

About John Dickinson

Lawyer and politician who served as the President of Delaware from 1781 to 1783 and the President of Pennsylvania from 1782 to 1785. He represented Delaware at the Continental Congress.

Before Fame

He inherited and was in charge of five farms in Maryland, and also started another plantation called Poplar Hall.


He was a militia officer in the American Revolution and he helped prepare the first draft of the Articles of Confederation in 1776.

Family Life

He was married to Judith Troth in 1710 until her death and they had nine children. Later he married Mary Norris in 1770 and they had five children.


He was a politician born in 1732 like George Washington.

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