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Thomas McKean

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Thomas McKean   (1734-1817)

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Title/OccupationSigner of the Declaration of Independence, President of Congress, President of Delaware, Governor of Pennsylvania
Address24 The Strand
ArtistCharles Willson Peale
Date painted
MarriedMary Borden (1763)
Sarah Armitage (1774)
ParentsWilliam McKean & Letitia Finney
ChildrenBy Mary: Joseph Borden, 1754; Robert, 1765; Elizabeth, 1767; Letitia, 1769; Mary, 1771, died in childhood; Anne, in 1773. Her mother died not long after. By Sara: Sarah, Thomas, Sophia, and Maria.

Residence at 24 The Strand

Thomas McKean: Born March 30, 1734 in Chester County, studied law in the office of his cousin David Finney, admitted to the Supreme court of Delaware at the age of twenty-one. "From the beginning of his career he was a politician to whom offices appeared to come unsought. While still a law student he served as clerk to the prothonotary of the Court of Comon Pleas, and in 1757 [age 23] he was clerk of the House of Assembly... represted New Castle County in the Delaware Assembly, speaker in 1772...Represented Delaware in COntinental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence, joined the army, commaned a company of the Pennsylvania Militia; wrote the constitution of Delaware; president of DE; 1777 chief justice of Pennsylvania, 1781 president of congress. From Life and Works of Francis Hopkinson, George Hastings, 1926

Mckean married Mary Borden, older sister of Ann Borden and like her a famous beauty. Ten years later Mary died at the age of 29, leaving a family of six children.

Jim Meek
nc-chap.org 2014, 2015