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John Dickinson
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John Dickinson

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Born Nov 8, 1732

John Dickinson was an American lawyer and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. He was a militia officer during the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware and President of Pennsylvania.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1732 Birth Born in 1732.
1739 7 Years Old But in 1739, John Dickinson's half-sister, Betsy, was married in an Anglican church to Charles Goldsborough in what was called a "disorderly marriage" by the Meeting. … Read More

TWENTIES

1757 25 Years Old …  He spent those years studying the works of Edward Coke and Francis Bacon at the Inns of Court following in the footsteps of his lifelong friend, Pennsylvania Attorney General Benjamin Chew, and in 1757 was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar beginning his career as barrister and solicitor.

THIRTIES

1770 38 Years Old On July 19, 1770, Dickinson married Mary Norris, known as Polly, the daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker, and Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Isaac Norris. … Read More

FORTIES

Already wealthy his marriage increased his wealth. In Philadelphia, he lived at the family estate of his wife, Fairhill, near Germantown. Meanwhile he built an elegant mansion on Chestnut Street but never lived there as it was confiscated and turned into a hospital during his 1776-77 absence in Delaware. … Read More
The Delaware General Assembly tried to appoint him as their delegate to the Continental Congress in 1777, but he refused.
1779 47 Years Old On January 18, 1779, Dickinson was appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress. … Read More
In August 1781, while still a delegate in Philadelphia he learned that Poplar Hall had been severely damaged by a Loyalist raid. … Read More

FIFTIES

1782 50 Years Old However, as before, the lure of Pennsylvania politics was too great. On October 10, 1782, Dickinson was elected to the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. On November 7, 1782 a joint ballot by the Council and the Pennsylvania General Assembly elected him as president of the Council and thereby President of Pennsylvania. … Read More
1783 51 Years Old Dickinson’s constitutional successor, John Cook, was considered too weak in his support of the Revolution, and it was not until January 12, 1783, when Cook called for a new election to choose a replacement, that Dickinson formally resigned.
1785 53 Years Old After his service as President of Pennsylvania, he returned to live in Wilmington, Delaware in 1785 and built a mansion at the northwest corner of 8th and Market Streets. … Read More
1787 55 Years Old …  He was a militia officer during the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware and President of Pennsylvania. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1808 76 Years Old Died on February 14, 1808.
Original Authors of this text are noted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dickinson_(politician).
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