Bullet-Point Bio: Francis Hopkinson 

  • Francis Hopkinson was born on September 21, 1737 in Philadelphia.
  • He went to the College of Philadelphia in 1751 and graduated in 1757.
  • He also studied Law in the office of Benjamin Chew.  Later on he studied with the Bishop of Worcester in England.
  • He is known for his writing of music, poetry, and satire.  Some of his famous writings are A Pretty Story, The Prophecy, and The Political Catechism 

  • In 1768 he married Ann Borden on September 1st.  They had a total of 5 children.  He went on to operate a dry goods business in Philadelphia.
  • In 1774 he moved to Bordentown, New Jersey.
  • He became a member of the New Jersey Provincial Council.  He later resigned this position in 1776 so that he could represent New Jersey in the Second Continental Congress.
  • He was a New Jersey signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • On November 30, 1776, he left Congress so that he could be on the Navy Board of Philadelphia.
  • He attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and helped ratify the Constitution.
  • Hopkinson claimed to help design the US flag, but evidence is not completely clear on that point.
  • He continued being an advocate after the war, both in speaking and writing, for the New Federal Constitution.
  • In 1789, he was nominated by President Washington to Judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • After serving as judge for several years, Hopkinson died from a sudden seizure.  He was 53 years old and living in Philadelphia at the time of his death.
  • He was father to Joseph Hopkinson who later went on to be a Representative of the United States House and also became a federal judge.

Taken from: Wikipedia and Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Photo credit: Wikipedia public domain

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