Category Archives: Pennsylvania

James Smith

Born in northern Ireland, in the Province of Ulster as the second son of a well-to-do farmer, John Smith, James came into the world on 17 September 1719. The family emigrated to America, where they settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush was born December 24, 1745 near Philadelphia. His great-great-grandfather John Rush was an officer in Cromwell’s army. In 1683 at the age of 63 he became a Quaker and emigrated from England bringing his children and grandchildren to … Continue reading

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George Ross

George Ross was born in May of 1730 in New Castle, Delaware, into a very large family. His father was a minister, educated at Edinburgh, and the Ross children received a sound classical education at home. George read law at … Continue reading

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John Morton

John Morton was born in 1725 in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania and died April 1, 1777 at the age of 51 of tuberculosis. He was the son of John Morton senior and Mary Archer. Mary Archer’s family is traced back to … Continue reading

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Robert Morris

Robert Morris was born on January 31, 1734 in Liverpool, England, the son of Robert Morris, Sr. and Elizabeth Murphet Morris. Robert’s mother died when he was two and he was brought up by his maternal grandmother. His father, Robert … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was perhaps the greatest Renaissance man of the eighteenth century. A precocious reader from earliest childhood, Franklin was an accomplished writer, a creative media communicator, a satirist with a keen sense of humor, a successful printer and competitive … Continue reading

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George Clymer

A grandson of one of the original settlers of the Penn colony, George Clymer established himself as a major figure in both the struggle for independence and then the formation of a new nation. He is one of only 6 … Continue reading

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