DICKINSON, John, (1732 - 1808)

DICKINSON, John, (brother of Philemon Dickinson), a Delegate from Pennsylvania and from Delaware; born on his father’s estate, “Crosia-dore,” near Trappe, Talbot County, Md., November 13, 1732; moved with his parents in 1740 to Dover, Del., where he studied under a private teacher; studied law in Philadelphia and at the Middle Temple in London; was admitted to the bar in 1757 and commenced practice in Philadelphia; member of the Assembly of “Lower Counties,” as the State of Delaware was then called, 1759-1761; member of the Pennsylvania Assembly, 1762-1765, 1771, 1774-1775, 1776; delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765; Member from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress 1774-1776 and from Delaware in 1779; colonel of Pennsylvania militia from 1775 to 1776; private in the Deleware militia in 1777; President of the State of Delaware in 1781; returned to Philadelphia and served as President of Pennsylvania 1782-1785; returned to Delaware; chairman of the Annapolis Convention in 1786; was a member of the Federal convention of 1787 which framed the Constitution and was one of the signers (by proxy) from Delaware; president of the Delaware constitutional convention in 1791-1792; died in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., on February 14, 1808; interment in Wilmington Friends Meetinghouse Burial Ground.