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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.