PACA, William, a Delegate from Maryland; born at Wye Hall, near Abingdon, Queen Anne (now
Harford) County, Md., October 31, 1740; was graduated from Philadelphia College in 1759; studied
law in Annapolis, Md., and in the Middle Temple, London, England; was admitted to the bar in 1764;
returned home and commenced the practice of his profession at Annapolis in 1764; member of the
provincial assembly 1771-1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1779; a signer of the
Declaration of Independence; served in the state senate 1777-1779; chief judge of the superior court
of Maryland 1778-1780; chief justice of the court of appeals in prize and admiralty cases 1780-1782;
governor of Maryland from November 1782 to November 1785; was influential in establishing
Washington College in Chestertown, Md., in 1786; delegate to the state convention in 1788 which
ratified the Federal Constitution; appointed by President Washington as judge of the United States
Court for Maryland and served from 1789 until his death at Wye Hall, Queen Anne County, Md.,
October 23, 1799; interment in the family burial ground, Queen Anne County, Md.
BibliographyStiverson, Gregory A., and Phebe R. Jacobsen. William Paca, A Biography. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1976.