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Thomas Fitzsimmons

1741-1811

Thomas Fitzsimmons does not appear to have been a prominent member of the convention which framed the constitution. Nor does his name appear in connection with the movements of his fellow-citizens during the Revolution. But as there were no men of mean capacity in the convention, we may suppose that Mr. Fitzsimmons was, by talent and energy, rendered worthy of the high legislative trust which the people of his native State saw fit to place in his hands.

Source: Marshall, James V.. The United States Manual of Biography and History. Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856. Page 178. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)

Also from the: Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971. United States Printing Office: 1971. Page 949:

Fitzsimmons, Thomas, a Delegate and a representative from Pennsylvania; born in County Tubber, Wicklow, Ireland, in 1741; immigrated to the United States and entered a counting-house in Philadelphia, Pa., as clerk; commanded a company of volunteer home guards during the Revolutionary War; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783; member of the State house of representatives in 1786 and 1787; delegate to the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787; elected as a Federalist to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1795); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1794 to the Fourth Congress; president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; founder and director of the Bank of North America; died in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 26, 1811; interment in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Churchyard.
 
 


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