John Dickinson

By: Seth R., David M., Drew B., Alejandro G.

John Dickinson

John Dickenson, born into a moderately wealthy family in Maryland on November 13, 1732, had a privileged life. Only a few years following John's birth, his family, which included his father, Samuel Dickinson, his mother, Mary Cadwalader, and a few step brothers and sisters, moved to Delaware. At Delaware, John and his siblings were educated by private tutors which at the time was one of the best educations available. Due to this education, John was able to enter into politics. John's conservative political affiliation made him desire independence, but at the same time wanted a peaceful way to do it. In his "Letters from a Farmer, John gained many followers and even a public thanks from the university of Boston. He was loyal to the colonies not the British. John did not only play a major role in bringing colonial independence but also played a major role in serving as a member of the Stamp Act Congress (1765). Other roles he played were serving as a member of the Continental Congress (1774-1776) and the governor of Pennsylvannia (1782-1785). His letters of peace written in 1767-1768 were able to unite the colonies into a stronger unit. It is possible that without Dickinson's leadership and influence, the United States would have taken much longer to gain their independence.


Citizenship denotes the link between a person and the state. John Dickinson served his country a variety of different times. First, he showed his citizenship by serving as the member of the Stamp Act Congress in 1765. Also, he showed his citizenship by being the governor of Pennsylvania from 1782-1785. Also, during 1774-1776 he was a member if the Continental Congress. Throughout his times he was really tested. He could of quit, but he did not. Which tells you that he had great citizenship and was really devoted to his country.


Integrity is having strong morals, and always doing the right thing although no one agrees or is watching. John Dickinson has integrity. His defense of the proprietary government in 1764 as a member of the Pennsylvania assembly, lost him some popularity but showed his integrity. In 1771, he drew a petition which was unanimously signed to the king of England. In the second continental congress, he drew up the declaration of the causes of taking up arms. After being kicked out, in 1776, he advised the delegates to look to redress grievances. This man always kept his integrity.

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