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Whipple, William 1730-

A signer of the Declaration of Independence; born in Kittery, Me., Jan. 14, 1730; became a sailor; removed to Portsmouth, N. H., in 1759, where he engaged in the West India trade and African slave-trade, in which he acquired a considerable fortune. He was a member of the Provincial Congress in 1775, and of the Continental Congress in 1776. He was brigadier-general of the New Hampshire troops at Saratoga in the Revolutionary War; signed the articles of capitulation with Burgoyne: was a member of Congress in 1778-79; financial receiver of the State of New Hampshire in 1782-84, and judge of the Superior Court from 1782 till his death, in Portsmouth, Nov. 28, 1785.

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