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William Paca - Maryland

William PacaWilliam Paca
Represented Maryland at the Continental Congress

Born: October 31, 1740
Birthplace: near Abingdon, Maryland
Age at Signing: 35
Education: Philadelphia College, Studied Law at Annapolis. (Judge)
Work: Delegate to the Maryland Legislature, 1771; Member of the Committee of Correspondence, Patriot Leader; Elected to Continental Congress, 1774-78, Chief Justice of Maryland, 1778; Elected Governor of Maryland, 1782; Federal District Judge for the State of Maryland, 1789-99.
Died: October 23, 1799

William Paca was born in Hartford, Maryland, on the thirty-first of October, 1740. He was well educated by Dr. Allison in the Philadelphia College, and then studied law at Annapolis. He soon became conspicuous, and in 1771 was elected a member of the State Legislature. He was a member of the Continental Congress in 1774, was re-elected in 1775, and remained in that body until 1778, when he was appointed chief justice of the State of Maryland. In 1782 he was chosen governor of the state, and was very popular. He was appointed district judge for the State of Maryland in 1789, which office he held until his death, which occurred in 1799, when he was in the sixtieth year of his age.


Notable Quotes

The house of every man is his castle, and if thieves come to a man's house to rob or murder, and the owner or his servants  kill any of the thieves in defence of himself and his house , it is no felony and he loses nothing.

Sir Edward Coke, Coke's Reports, Semaynes Case

Founder's Quotes

By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects. It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published. All systems of religion, morals, and government not founded upon it [the Bible] must perish, and how consoling the thought, it will not only survive the wreck of these systems but the world itself. "The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

Benjamin Rush in letter to John Adams, January 23, 1807.

Did You Know?

George Washington, Patrick Henry and Alexander Hamilton did not sign the Declaration of Independence because they were not there that day. Eighteen of the 56 signers were under 40 years old; 3 were in their 20s. Ben Franklin was the oldest signer.

A Government of Laws...

In the government of this Commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them; the executive shall never exercise the legislative or judicial powers, or either of them; the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them; to the end that it may be a government of laws and not of men.

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, A.D. 1780

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A Book You Should Read

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, Lynne Cheney (New York, NY: Viking, 2014)