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John Dickinson John Dickinson born on November 13 1732 was raised with an excellent educational background with would later bring him into politics John was born the second son of Samuel and Mary Dickinson near the village of Trappe in Talbot County Maryland By the age of eighteen Dickinson began the study of law in Philadelphia John then continued his education at Londons Middle Temple and was admitted to the Delaware Bar Four years later he returned to Philadelphia and quickly became a prominent lawyer in the city The struggle between the colonies and England had worsened in the debates over the Stamp Act That year 1765 he wrote The Late Regulations Respecting the British Colonies Considered an influential pamphlet that urged Americans to seek repeal of the act by pressuring British merchants Consequently the Pennsylvania legislature appointed him as a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress whose resolutions he drafted Dickinson wrote many series of newspaper articles that later became know collectively as the Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania These letters attacked British taxation policy He also emphasized the possibility of a peaceful resolution In 1774 he chaired the Philadelphia committee of correspondence and briefly says in the First Continental Congress as a representative from Pennsylvania Dickinson chaired a Philadelphia committee of safety and defense and held the rank of colonel in the first battalion recruited in Philadelphia to defend the city After the battles of Lexington and Concord he continued to hope for a peaceful solution to the conflicts between the colonies and England and in 1775 he served in the Second Continental Congress As a delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania Dickinson was in Philadelphia during the early spring of 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was being considered In July of 1776 he voted against and declined to sign the Declaration of Independence Despite Dickinsons actions he served in the American revolutionary militia becoming one of
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