-John Dickinson-

Being...resolved [to] die freemen...than to Iive as slaves

A brief biography of a great man

Early life -

John Dickinson was born in November 13, 1732 into a wealthy family in Delaware.

John wanted to follow in his fathers footsteps as a government figure.

Political Affiliations

He represented Delaware and Pennsylvania. He was loyal and sympathetic
to the colonials but he tried to avoid violence where he could. He
believed that if the King and Parliament could see the colonial side
then they would be willing to negotiate for better terms.


Dickinson organized protests over over the Coercive Acts in
Philadelphia. His belief of protest lead him to be a large part of the
Continental Congress. When the Second Continental Congress happened he
appeared again. While most of the members had changed their opinions,
Dickinson still tried to reconcile with the King and Parliament. Even
though more and more representatives were siding for revolution
Dickinson fought for compromise he eventually left on July 4th not
signing the Declaration. He later fought along side the
revolutionaries because of his belief that citizens have the right to
actively defend themselves

John Dickinson passed away on February 14, 1808.

Integrity: constant support of certain ethnic or moral principles

During the American revolution, Dickinson did not support the idea of the colonies spliting from the crown. His defense of the proprietary governor against the faction led by Benjamin Franklin hurt his popularity but earned him respect for his integrity.

His love for his home, family, people and his fight for the colonies gained him a spot as a founding father of the United States of America.

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The definition of citizenship is the character of an individual viewed
as a member of society behavior in terms of the duties, obligations,
and functions of a citizen.

During the American revolution, the colonies perceived citizenship as loyalty to their side and against the crown.

The colonists would have said that John Dickinson did not demonstrate citizenship;

Dickinson was opposed to a separation from Gr. Britain and worked very hard to temper the language and action of the Congress, in an effort to maintain the possibility of reconciliation. It was for this reason that he abstained from voting on and signing the Declaration of Independence

But some people might opinion that Dickinson did demonstrate Citizenship because:

- He was ContinentalCongressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware

- A delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention.

- and an officer for the military during the American Revolution.