MIFFLIN, Thomas, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., January 10,
1744; was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in
1760; member of the American Philosophical Society 1765-1799; member of the
colonial legislature 1772-1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1775
and 1782-1784, and was its president in 1783; major and chief aide-de-camp to
General Washington July 4, 1775; major and Quartermaster General of the
Continental Army August 14, 1775, and promoted through the ranks to major
general February 19, 1777; member of board of war November 7, 1777; resigned as
major general February 25, 1779; trustee of the University of Pennsylvania
1778-1791; served as speaker of the state house of representatives 1785-1788;
delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787; president of the
supreme executive council of Pennsylvania October 1788 to October 1790;
president of the state constitutional convention in 1790; Governor of
Pennsylvania 1790-1799; again a member of the state house of representatives in
1799 and 1800; died in Lancaster, Pa., January 20, 1800; interment in the front
yard of Trinity Lutheran Church.
BibliographyRossman, Kenneth R.
Thomas Mifflin and the Politics of the American Revolution.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1952.