John Dickinson (delegate)

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson (November 2, 1732February 14, 1808) was an American lawyer and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. He was a militia officer during the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and President of Pennsylvania.


  • Then join in hand, brave Americans all!
    By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
    • The Liberty Song (1768).
  • Our cause is just, our union is perfect.
    • Declaration on taking up Arms in 1775. From the original manuscript draft in Dickinson's handwriting, which has given rise to the belief that he, not Jefferson (as formerly claimed), is the real author of this sentence.

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