Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
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Senator William Maclay

William Maclay

Print (ca. 1810-1890) by Max and Albert Rosenthal

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William Maclay
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Life dates: 20 July 1737-16 April 1804
Place of Residence (1789): Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Occupation (1789): Judge; Surveyor
Place of Birth: New Garden Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Age (March 4, 1789): 51
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: None
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War:
Officer, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices:
State Legislature, State Supreme Executive Council
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1791
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