Thomas McKEAN

Thomas McKean

Born: March 19, 1734 at New London Township, Pennsylvania
Died: June 24, 1817 (aged 83) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spouse: Mary Borden (m. 1763 – 1773), Sarah Armitage (m. 1774-)
Children: He had ten children

Offices held:
2nd Governor of Pennsylvania (1799 – 1808)
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania (1777 – 1799)
President of the Continental Congress (1781 – 1781)
Continental Congressman from Delaware (1774 – 1776, 1777 – 1783)
President of Delaware (1777)
Political Party: Federalist, Democratic-Republican

Facts about Thomas McKean

He was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle, in New Castle County, Delaware and Philadelphia. During the American Revolution he was a delegate to the Continental Congress where he signed the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.

McKean served as a President of Congress. He was at various times a member of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties. McKean served as President of Delaware, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Pennsylvania. McKean quickly was one of the most influential members of the Stamp Act Congress.

Being an outspoken advocate of independence, McKean’s was a key voice in persuading others to vote for a split with Great Britain. McKean helped draft the Articles of Confederation and voted for their adoption on March 1, 1781. McKean was over six feet tall, always wore a large cocked hat and carried a gold-headed cane.
He was a man of quick temper and vigorous personality, “”with a thin face, hawk’s nose and hot eyes.”” As Chief Justice and Governor of Pennsylvania he was frequently the center of controversy.

Thomas McKean Childhood

McKean was born in New London Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, the son of William McKean and Letitia Finney. His father was a tavern-keeper in New London and both his parents were Irish-born Ulster-Scots who came to Pennsylvania as children from Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland.

Where is Thomas McKean buried?

He died in Philadelphia, Pa., June 24, 1817; and is interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

How did Thomas McKean die?

McKean died in Philadelphia on June 24, 1817 (aged 83).

Thomas McKEAN Biography

McKEAN, Thomas, a Delegate from Delaware; born in New London, Chester County, Pa., March 19, 1734; was privately taught; engaged as clerk to the prothonotary of the court of common pleas for two years; deputy prothonotary and register for the probate of wills for New Castle County, studying law at the same time; was admitted to the bar in 1755 and commenced practice in New Castle, Del.; appointed deputy attorney general for Sussex County in 1756 and served until 1758 when he resigned; went to England and resumed the study of law at the Middle Temple in London; member of the Delaware House of Assembly 1762-1775 and served as speaker in 1772; appointed one of the three trustees of the loan office for New Castle County in 1764 and served until 1776;

Member of the Stamp-Act Congress in 1765; appointed by the Governor sole notary for the lower counties of Delaware July 10, 1765; in the same year received the commission of a justice of the peace, of the court of common pleas and quarter sessions, and of the orphans court for New Castle County; appointed collector of the port of New Castle in 1771; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776, 1778-1782 and served as President of Congress in 1781; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member of the state house of representatives in 1776 and 1777 and served as speaker in the latter year; president of the state of Delaware in 1777; chief justice of Pennsylvania 1777-1799; served in the Revolutionary War; member of the convention of Pennsylvania which ratified the Constitution of the United States December 12, 1787; delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1789; Governor of Pennsylvania 1799-1808; died in Philadelphia, Pa., June 24, 1817; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


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