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Henry Marchant


A Delegate from Rhode Island; born at Marthas Vineyard, Mass., April 9, 1741; attended school in Newport, R. I., where his father had moved, and was graduated from Philadelphia College (now the University of Pennsylvannia) at Philadelphia in 1762; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1767 and commenced practice in Newport, R. I.; attorney general of Rhode Island 1771-1777; prominent in ante-Revolutionary affairs; Member of the Continental Congress 1777-1780, 1783, 1784, and was one of the signers of the Articles of confederation; delegate to the Rhode Island State Convention in 1789 for the adoption of the Federal Constitution ; served as United States district judge for the district of Rhode Island 1790-1796; died in Newport, R. I., on August 30, 1796; interment in the Common Burial Ground.

Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971. United States Printing Office: 1971. Page 1336.


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