Thomas McKean


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McKean, THOMAS, signer of the Declaration of Independence; born in New London, Chester co., Pennsylvania, March 19, 1734; was admitted to the bar in 1757, and chosen clerk of the Assembly. He was a member of that body for the county of New Castle, from 1762 to 1779, and member of the Stamp Act Congress in 1765. He and Lynch and Otis framed the address to the British Parliament. He held several local offices, and in 177483 was a member of the Continental Congress. McKean was the only man who was a member of that body continually during the whole period of the war. He was active in procuring a unanimous vote for the Declaration of Independence, and was one of the committee that drew up the Articles of Confederation. From 1777 till 1779 he held the office of president of the State of Delaware; also executed the duties of chief-justice of Pennsylvania. He was governor of Pennsylvania, 1799-1808. He died in Philadelphia, June 24, 1817.



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