A signer of the Declaration of Independence
; born in Dover
, Oct. 7, 1728.
At the age of twenty-eight he was appointed sheriff of Kent county, Del.
, and afterwards was a judge.
He represented his district in the legislature, and was sent to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765.
For several years he was speaker of the Delaware Assembly; was a member of the committee of correspondence, and of Congress in 1774 arid afterwards.
Made a brigadier-general, he was active in supplying Delaware
troops to the army under Washington
, and, early in 1777, was in command of the Delaware
line in New Jersey
From 1778 to 1782 he was president of his State.
He died in Dover, Del.
, June 29, 1784.