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Jonathan Bayard Smith


Jonathan Bayard Smith was an active and influential patriot of Philadelphia throughout the Revolution. When the committee of observation and correspondence was formed in that city in June, 1776, Mr. Smith was elected vice-president, Thomas McKean being chosen president. This committee issued a solemn and temperate address to the people of Pennsylvania, prescribing the course of action to be pursued by the friends of liberty, and Mr. Smith was a colleague of Benjamin Rush and others in preparing this able paper. As a member of the Continental Congress, Mr. Smith was useful, industrious, and an advocate of the boldest and most decisive measures.

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.)


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