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Faith and the Founders of the American Republic$
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Mark David Hall and Daniel L. Dreisbach

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199843336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843336.001.0001

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The Quaker Contributions of John Dickinson to the Creation of the American Republic

The Quaker Contributions of John Dickinson to the Creation of the American Republic

(p.277) 12 The Quaker Contributions of John Dickinson to the Creation of the American Republic
Faith and the Founders of the American Republic

Jane E Calvert

Oxford University Press

Few men worked harder to establish the American Republic than John Dickinson. He was the only major political figure active in America from the earliest days of the contest with Britain through the early republic. He probably held more public posts than any other, in the Stamp Act Congress, both Continental Congresses, the Pennsylvania and Delaware militias, as president of Delaware and Pennsylvania, president of the Annapolis Convention, member of the Constitutional Convention, and president of the Delaware constitutional convention. He was the most prolific founder, writing pamphlets, newspaper articles, military regulations, bills, proclamations, petitions, constitutions, and more, including America’s first patriotic song. With his eloquent assertions of American rights and liberties, he became the country’s first political hero and was seen abroad as spokesman for the American cause. Although he never joined a Quaker meeting, his contributions to creation of the American republic were informed by the Friends’ tradition.

Keywords:   John Dickinson, Quaker, constitutions

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