John Dickinson Signed Document

Signed Document by John Dickinson, the “Penman of the [American] Revolution”

JOHN DICKINSON (1732-1808), a Founding Father of the United States, was known as the “Penman of the Revolution” for his twelve “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania” | Dickson was also a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses | This is a Partly-printed D.S., one page folio, Philadelphia, Sep. 7, 1784 (a year after the end of the end of the Revolutionary War), appointing William McIlvaine and John Praul Justices of the Peace in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Signed by Dickinson at left as President of Pennsylvania in black ink

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  • JOHN DICKINSON (1732-1808), a Founding Father of the United States, was known as the “Penman of the Revolution” for his twelve “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania” | Dickson was also a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses | This is a Partly-printed D.S., one page folio, Philadelphia, Sep. 7, 1784 (a year after the end of the end of the Revolutionary War), appointing William McIlvaine and John Praul Justices of the Peace in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Signed by Dickinson at left as President of Pennsylvania in black ink | The document bears folds and several areas of separation, otherwise in good historical condition.

    John Dickinson (November 8, 1732 – February 14, 1808), a Founding Father of the United States, was a solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware known as the “Penman of the Revolution” for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, published individually in 1767 and 1768. As a member of the First Continental Congress, where he was a signee to the Continental Association, Dickinson drafted most of the 1774 Petition to the King, and then as a member of the Second Continental Congress wrote the 1775 Olive Branch Petition, two attempts to negotiate with King George III of Great Britain. When these failed, he reworked Thomas Jefferson’s language and wrote the final draft of the 1775 Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. When Congress then decided to seek independence, Dickinson served on the committee that wrote the Model Treaty, and then wrote the first draft of the 1776–1777 Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.

    Dickinson later served as President of the 1786 Annapolis Convention, which called for the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which Dickinson then attended as a delegate from Delaware.

    He also wrote “The Liberty Song” in 1768, was a militia officer during the American Revolution, President of Delaware, President of Pennsylvania, and was among the wealthiest men in the British American colonies. Upon Dickinson’s death, President Thomas Jefferson recognized him as being “Among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country when assailed by Great Britain” whose “name will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution.”

    Together with his wife, Mary Norris Dickinson, he is the namesake of Dickinson College (originally John and Mary’s College), as well as of the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware’s Dickinson Complex. John Dickinson High School was opened/dedicated in 1959 as part of the public schools in northern Delaware.

  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    12"

    Width

    7.25"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    12"

    Width

    7.25"

    Depth

    1"

    Date

    18th Century

    Kind

    Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts, Collectibles, Documents & Manuscripts, Ephemera, Memorabilia, Militaria

    Origin

    American

    Support

    Paper

    Artist / Maker

    Jesse Root