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us: Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824

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    • us: Thompson, Charles, 1729-1824
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    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1729-11-29
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1824-08-16
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Maghera (Londonderry, Northern Ireland)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Philadelphia (Pa.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Northern Ireland
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) New Castle (Del.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Philadelphia (Pa.)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Friends' Public School (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) American Philosophical Society
        • Organization: (naf) Academy and Charitable School of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania
        • Organization: (naf) Sons of Liberty
        • Organization: (naf) United States. Continental Congress
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    • Associated Language

    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Delaware Indians
          (lcsh) Classical Philology
            (lcsh) Translating and interpreting
              (lcsh) Latin--Study and teaching
                  • Occupation

                      (lcsh) Founding fathers of the United States
                        (lcsh) Congressional secretaries
                          (lcsh) Classicists
                            (lcsh) Latin teachers
                              (lcsh) Translators
                                (lcsh) Merchants
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                            • Related Terms

                              • us: United States. Continental Congress. Secretary
                            • Additonal Related Forms

                              • us: Dickinson, John, 1732-1808
                              • us: Thomson (Family : Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824)
                            • Sources

                              • found: His An enquiry into the cause of the alienation of the Delaware and Shawanese Indians, 1759
                              • found: The septuagint Bible, 1954: surrogate t.p. (Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress of the United States of America, 1774-1789)
                              • found: United States. Continental Congress. Rules and articles, for the better government of the troops raised, or to be raised, and kept in pay by and at the joint expence of the twelve united English colonies of North-America, 1775: p. 16 (Charles Thompson, Secretary)
                              • found: Dict. of Amer. biogr. (Thomson, Charles; b. Nov. 29, 1729, d. Aug. 16, 1824; secretary of the Continental Congress; b. County Derry, Ireland; came to America with siblings as an orphan at age 10)
                              • found: Natl. cycl. of Amer. biogr. (Thomson, Charles)
                              • found: Who's who in the Amer. Revolution (Thomson, Charles; 1729-1824; Congressional secretary, merchant; served as secretary of the Continental and Confederation congresses throughout their existences, 1774-1789)
                              • found: VIAF, July 19, 2016 (VIAF ID=3270753: Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824)
                              • found: American National Biography Online, May 6, 2016 (Charles Thomson, Philadelphia revolutionary leader and secretary of the Continental Congress; born in Gorteade, parish of Maghera, County Londonderry, Ireland; son of John Thomson; upon the death of his mother in 1739, Charles emigrated with his father and siblings; his father died at sea, and the children were dispersed upon reaching New Castle, Delaware; around 1743, Charles entered Francis Alison's academy at New London, Pa; 1750, became Latin tutor at Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Academy; 1755 became head of Latin at the Friends' Public School in Philadelphia; served as secretary to the Delaware Indians in their meetings with colonial officials at Easton in 1757 and 1758; a leader of Philadelphia's Sons of Liberty; aligned self politically and personally with John Dickinson; worked briefly in manufacturing in New Jersey but returned to Philadelphia by 1772 and was a leader of resistance to the landing of the East India Company; 1774-1780 was secretary to the First and Second Continental Congresses and the Confederation Congress; left public life in 1789 and translated the Septuagint and New Testament; died at his estate, "Harriton" near Philadelphia)
                              • found: The life of Charles Thomson: secretary of the Continental congress and translator of the Bible from Greek, 1900: page 18 (John Thomson having been left a widower with six small children, William, Matthew, Alexander, Charles, John and Mary ... set sail from Ireland to America in 1739, the father died before they landed and they were left to the mercy of the ship's captain) page 20 (On landing at New Castle, the Thomson children were separated; William drifted to South Carolina, Alexander became a prosperous farmer near New Castle, and a number of descendents of his son, John Thomson, are still living in Newark, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Charles resided for a time with the family of a blacksmith at New Castle, Delaware)
                            • Editorial Notes

                              • [Cannot identify with Thomson, Charles, engraver]
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                              • 1979-09-13: new
                              • 2016-09-13: revised
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