George ROSS

George Ross

Born: May 10, 1730 at New Castle, Delaware
Died: July 14, 1779 (aged 49) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spouse: Ann Lawler (m. 1751)
Children: He had three children

Offices held: Member of Continental Congress (1774, 1776, 1777)

Facts about George Ross

He faithfully served as Crown Prosecutor for 12 years and would be elected to the provincial legislature in 1768. It would be here that Ross, a loyal Tory, would begin to sympathize with the colonial rebellion. He became a passionate supporter for the patriot cause. He served on the Committee of Safety and was elected to the Continental Congress. Signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

He refused to acknowledge the authority of the higher court to counter State decisions, which initiated a dispute between manifestation of the states rights controversy and did not subside until 1809.

George Ross Childhood

He was born in New Castle, Delaware, and educated at home. He studied law at his brother John’s law office, the common practice in those days, and was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia. Initially a Tory, he served as Crown Prosecutor for 12 years and was elected to the provincial legislature in 1768. There, his sympathies began to change, and he became a strong supporter of the colonial assemblies in their disputes with Parliament.

Where is George Ross buried?

He was buried at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.

How did George Ross die?

He died in office in 1779 at the age of 49.

George ROSS Biography

ROSS, George, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in New Castle, Del., May 10, 1730; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1750 and commenced practice in Lancaster, Pa.; member of the colonial assembly 1768-1776; delegate to the state convention in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1777; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; appointed judge of the court of admiralty for Pennsylvania in April 1779 and served in that capacity until his death near Philadelphia, Pa., July 14, 1779; interment in Christ Church Burying Ground, Philadelphia, Pa.


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