George Read - (1733 - 1798)

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Religion: Episcopalian
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George Read Biography

"George Read (Delaware) is a Lawyer and a Judge;--his legal abilities are said to be very great, but his powers of Oratory are fatiguing and tiresome to the last degree;--his voice is feeble, and his articulation so bad that few can have patience to attend to him. He is a very good Man, and bears an amiable character with those who know him. Mr. Read is about 50, of a low stature, and a weak constitution." -- Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention by William Pierce (1787)

George Read was a native of the province of Maryland, where he was born in the year 1734. His grandfather was an Irishman, who resided in the city of Dublin, and was possessed of a considerable fortune. His son, John Read, the father of the subject of the present memoir, having emigrated to America, took up his residence in Cecil county, where he pursued the occupation of a planter. Not long after the birth of his eldest son, he removed with his family into the province of Delaware, and settled
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George Read Genealogy

John Read (1688 - 1756)

Gertrude Ross Read (1735 - 1802)

William Read (1767 - 1846)
John Read (1769 - 1851)

George Read Tivia

George Read was the only signer of the Declaration of Independence that voted against it on July 2nd 1776
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1733 09/18   Birth of George Read
1798 09/21   Death of George Read
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Biography for George Read (1733 - 1798)
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Constitution of the United States 09-17-1787
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Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention - Pierce 1787
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Continental Association created by the Articles of Association

The Continental Association, often known simply as the “Association“, was a system created by the First Continental Congress on October 20, 1774, for implementing a trade boycott with Great Britain. Congress hoped that by imposing economic sanctions, Great Britain would be pressured to redress the grievances of the colonies, and in particular repeal the Intolerable Acts passed by the British Parliament. The Association aimed to alter Britain’s

Quotes by George Read

Quote 1089 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1089 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1089 My Situation is rather unlucky in A Government very deficient in its Laws and those greatly relaxed in their Execution, A Legislature as yet incompleat and not disposed to unite and give Aid to the executive Authority.

George Read: letter to George Washington, February 5 1778

Quote 1090 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1090 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1090 I beg leave to offer you my resignation of the office of Attorney of the United States for Delaware District--which I have the honor to request your acceptance of. I have the honour to be with the highest consideration and respect Your obedt. servt.

George Read: letter to James Madison, November 25, 1815

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