John Dickinson Biography

John Dickinson, a Founding Father of the United States, was a solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, published individually in 1767 and 1768. As a member of the First Continental Congress - where he was a signee to the Continental Association - Dickinson drafted most of the 1774 Petition to the King, and then as a member of the Second Continental Congress wrote the 1775 Olive Branch Petition, two attempts to negotiate with the King of England. When these failed, he reworked Thomas Jefferson's language and wrote the final draft of the 1775 Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. When Congress then decided to seek Independence, Dickinson served on the committee which wrote the Model Treaty, and then wrote the first draft of the 1776-1777 Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.

Dickinson later served as President of the 1786 Annapolis Convention which called for the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which Dickinson then attended as a delegate from Delaware. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John Dickinson
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Lawyer
Religion:
Quakers
Date of Birth:
November 13, 1732
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
February 14, 1808
Age at Death:
75
Marriages
  • 1770-07-19
    Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson (37) weds land and estate owner Mary Norris (30) in a civil ceremony
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