(8 November 1732 – 14 February 1808)
Pamphleteer, planter, slave owner and lawyer. He was a militia officer during the Revolutionary War, President of Delaware, President of Pennsylvania and a Continental Congressman for both Delaware and Pennsylvania. Despite this he had refused to sign the Declaration of Independence. The owner of a number of slaves, who he gradually freed on religious grounds from 1777 onwards. Following his attendance at the Constitutional Convention he acted as president of the convention to draft the 1792 constitution of Delaware.