George Read

George Read

(1733-1798)


George Read was born in Maryland in 1733, but his family moved to Delaware soon after his birth.

He attended schools in Pennsylvania and studied law in Philadelphia.

In 1754, he set up a legal practice in Delaware.

He supported dignified protests against British actions and voted against independence in 1776, but did sign the Declaration.

During the Revolution, Read was busy with state activities.

Poor health caused him to retire temporarily in 1779, but he returned to the service of his state in 1782.

At the Philadelphia Convention, Read argued for the rights of the small states and for a strong executive.

He led the ratification battle in Delaware.

Read served in the U.S. Senate for four years, resigning to take the post of chief justice of Delaware, which he held until his death in 1798.

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