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William Clingan


This signer of the Articles of Confederation was not a prominent member of the Continental Congress. We do not find his name in connection with any of the important movements of the period beyond the hall of Congress. But there is no member of that body who does not deserve to be remembered by his countrymen, one who periled all for his country, and blenched not when that storm was loudest and most terrible; and though Mr. Clingan may not have possessed the ability to perform great deeds for the cause of his heart, the intention alone elevates him to a niche of honor.

Source: Marshall, James V.. The United States Manual of Biography and History. Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856. Page 140. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)

From the page 754 of Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971. (United States Printing Office: 1971):

Clingan, William, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born probably near Wagontown, West Colen Township, Chester County, Pa.; justice of the peace 1757-1786; Member of the Continental Congress 1777-1779; one of the first signers of the Articles of Confederation in 1778; president of the county courts 1780-1786; died on May 9, 1790; interment in Upper Octorara Burial Grounds, Chester County, Pa.

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