John Dickinson

John Dickinson
John Dickinson
  • Born: November 8, 1732
  • Died: February 14, 1808
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John Dickinson, a Founding Father of the United States, was a solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, published individually in 1767 and 1768. As a member of the First Continental Congress, where he was a signee to the Continental Association, Dickinson drafted most of the 1774 Petition to the King, and then, as a member of the Second Continental Congress, wrote the 1775 Olive Branch Petition. When these two attempts to negotiate with King George III of Great Britain failed, Dickinson reworked Thomas Jefferson's language and wrote the final draft of the 1775 Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. When Congress then decided to seek independence from Great Britain, Dickinson served on the committee that wrote the Model Treaty, and then wrote the first draft of the 1776–1777 Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.

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[The freeholders are] the best guardians of liberty, and the restrictions of the right [of suffrage] to them was a necessary defense against the dangerous influence of those multitudes without property and without principle with which our country, like all others, will in time abound. Voters, Voting & Elections
All parents, guardians, masters, and tutors are hereby strenuously called upon, to discharge the high trust committed to them, and for which they must account, by a faithful attention; that those under their care may be nurtured in piety, filial reverence, submission to superiors in age or station, modesty, sincerity, benevolence, temperance, industry, consistency of behaviour, and a frugality regulated by an humble reliance on Providence, and a kind respect for others; Families, Children & Parenting
But what topics of reconciliation are now left for men who think as I do, to address our countrymen? To recommend reverence for the monarch, or affection for the mother country? Will the distinctions between the prince and his ministers, between the people and their representatives, wipe out the stain of blood? Or have we the slightest reason to hope that those ministers and representatives will not be supported throughout the tragedy, as they have been through the first act? No. While we revere and love our mother country, her sword is opening our veins. States. Nations & Nationhood
It is hereby enjoined, that all magistrates, and others whom it may concern, be very vigilant and exact in discovering, prosecuting, and punishing all persons who shall be guilty of profanation of the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, blasphemy, profane swearing or cursing, drunkenness, lewdness, or other dissolute or immoral practices; that they suppress all gaming houses, and other disorderly houses; Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Republics are in the beginning and for a time industrious, but they finally destroy themselves because they are badly constituted. I dread the consolidation of the States and hope for a good national Government from the present Division of the States with a feeble Executive. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The Executive should be able to be removed from office by the national Legislature, on the Petition of seven States. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The Executive should be removed at the request of a majority of the State Legislatures Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The experience of ages demonstrates, that regularity of manners is essential to the tranquility and prosperity of societies. Miscellaneous
The proposed system [of American government] is like the solar system, in which the states are the planets, and they ought to be left to move more freely in their proper orbits. Management & Managing Government
Then join in hand, brave Americans all. By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Who are a free people? Not those over whom government is exercised, but those who live under a government so constitutionally checked and controlled that proper provision is made against its being otherwise exercised Regulation & Deregulation

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