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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of Pennsylvania, (search)
rnor1738 Anthony PalmerPresident1747 James HamiltonDeputy Governor1748 Robert H. MorrisDeputy Governor1754 William DennyDeputy Governor1756 James HamiltonDeputy Governor1759 John PennGovernor1763 James HamiltonPresident1771 Richard PennGovernor1771 John PennGovernor1773 [Proprietary government ended by the Constitution of 1776. The representatives of the Penn family were paid for the surrender of their rights, and a government by the people established.] State governors. Thomas WhartonPresident (died in office 1778)1777 George BryanActing. Joseph ReedPresident1778 William MoorePresident1781 John DickinsonPresident1782 Benjamin FranklinPresident1785 Thomas MifflinGovernor From 1790, under the new State constitution, the executive has been termed governor instead of president.1788 Thomas McKean1799 Simon Snyder1808 William Findley1817 Joseph Hiester1820 J. Andrew Shulze1823 George Wolf1829 Joseph Ritner1837 David R. Porter1839 Francis R. ShunkResigned,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Quakers. (search)
oof of the general disaffection of the society. The Congress recommended the executives of the several colonies or States to watch their movements; and the executive council of Pennsylvania were earnestly exhorted to arrest and secure the persons of eleven of the leading men of that society in Philadelphia, whose names were given. It was done, Aug. 28, 1777, and John Fisher, Abel James, James Pemberton, Henry Drinker, Israel Pemberton, John Pemberton, John James, Samuel Pleasants, Thomas Wharton, Sr., Thomas Fisher, and Samuel Fisher, leading members, were banished to Fredericksburg, Va. The reason given by Congress for this act was that when the enemy were pressing on towards Philadelphia in December, 1777, a certain seditious publication, addressed To our Friends and Brethren in Religious Profession in these and the adjacent Provinces, signed John Pemberton, in and on behalf of the Meeting of sufferings, held in Philadelphia, Dec. 26, 1776, had been widely circulated among Frien
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pennsylvania, (search)
nt of Pennsylvania......July 15, 1776 Franklin, one of the three commissioners sent to France, sails for that country......October, 1776 Cornwallis pursues Washington through New Jersey into Pennsylvania......December, 1776 Endangered by the approach of the British, Congress, at Philadelphia, adjourns to meet again at Baltimore......Dec. 12, 1776 The crisis, a patriotic pamphlet by Thomas Paine, appears in Philadelphia......Dec. 19, 1776 State government organized, with Thomas Wharton, Jr., as president......March 4, 1777 British fleet enters Delaware Bay......July, 1777 Washington and Lafayette first meet in Philadelphia......August, 1777 Battle of Brandywine......Sept. 11, 1777 Congress adjourns to Lancaster......Sept. 18, 1777 Massacre of Wayne's troops at Paoli......Sept. 21, 1777 State government removes to Lancaster......Sept. 24, 1777 Howe with the British army occupies Philadelphia......Sept. 27, 1777 Battle of Germantown......Oct. 4, 177
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wharton, Thomas 1735-1778 (search)
Wharton, Thomas 1735-1778 Governor; born in Chester county, Pa., in 1735. He strenuously opposed the Stamp Act, and when, after the closing of Boston Harbor, an indignation meeting was held in Philadelphia, May 20, 1774, he was placed on the committee of correspondence. In 1775 he was one of the twenty-five members of the committee of safety; and on July 24, 1776, was chosen president of the council of safety. He was governor of Pennsylvania in 1777-78. He died in Lancaster, Pa., May 22, 1778.