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John Dickinson (1732–1808): Quaker Statesman?

John Dickinson, statesman, author. In influential writings 1765-74, argued against British policies. Later, as a member of Continental Congress, 1774-76, favored conciliation and opposed the Declaration of Independence; nonetheless, served the patriot cause as a colonel, 1st Philadelphia Battalion. President, Pa. Supreme Executive Council 1782-85. Delegate, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; a strong supporter of the Constitution. Deeded land to Merion Meeting 1801-04. —Penna. Historical and Museum Commission, 2001 These words appear on a Pennsylvania State Historical Marker next to Merion Meeting in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. At the ceremony commemorating John Dickinson when the marker was🔒

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Alice M. Hoffman, a member and former clerk of Merion (Pa.) Meeting, taught labor history at Pennsylvania State University. She serves as the representative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to the Pennsylvania Council of Churches’ Pennsylvania Action Advocacy Team (PAAT), which advocates to the state legislature on issues of concern to the religious community.


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