WHIPPLE, William, a Delegate from New Hampshire; born in Kittery, York County, Maine, January 14,
1730; became a sailor and engaged in the slave trade; freed his slaves and engaged in mercantile
pursuits in Portsmouth, N.H.; delegate to the Provincial Congress at Exeter in 1775; Member of the
Continental Congress 1776-1779; declined to be a candidate for renomination; one of the signers of
the Declaration of Independence; commissioned a brigadier general in 1777; member of the State
assembly 1780-1784; participated in several battles in the Revolutionary War; appointed judge of the
State supreme court in 1782; financial receiver for New Hampshire 1782-1784; died in Portsmouth,
N.H., November 28, 1785; interment in the Old North Burial Ground.
BibliographyVaughan, Dorothy Mansfield. This Was a Man;
A Biography of General William Whipple. [Portsmouth, N.H.: N.p., 1964].