Bullet-Point Bio: George Clymer

-George Clymer was born March 16, 1739 and orphaned at the age of 1.  His lived with his maternal aunt and uncle and apprenticed under them.

-Hannah and William Coleman, his maternal aunt and uncle, trained him to become a merchant.

-In March of 1765, George Clymer married Elizabeth Meredith.  In total, they had 9 children, though 4 of them died in infancy.  One of their children, John Meredith, died at the age of 18 in the Whiskey Rebellion.

-In 1773, he became a Member of the Philadelphia Council of Safety.

-Then, from 1776 to 1780 he was elected to the Continental Congress.  He shared the responsibility of treasurer with Michael Hillegas.  Hillegas later went on to be the Treasurer of the United States.

-He was one of the many Pennsylvania signers of the Declaration of Independence.

-Also, in 1776 he went with Sampson Mathews to inspect an army at Fort Ticonderoga.  Clymer along with Robert Morris, another Pennsylvania signer of the Declaration of Independence, was influential in strengthening George Washington’s authority during the Revolutionary War.

-Through his whole life of politics, Clymer stayed in the merchant business, which greatly increased his wealth.

-In 1777, he resigned from his position in Congress.  In 1780, he was elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature and in 1787 he represented his state of Pennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention.

-Two years later, in 1789, he was then elected to the first United States Congress.

-Clymer was the first president of both the Philadelphia Bank and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

-In 1796, he finished out doing his public political missions by negotiating a treaty with the Creek Indian confederacy at Colerain, Georgia.

-George Clymer died on January 23, 1813, at the age of 79.  He was buried in Trenton, New Jersey.

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