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General William Whipple, Jr

General William Whipple, Jr

Male 1730 - 1785  (55 years)

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  • Name William Whipple 
    Prefix General 
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 14 Jan 1730  Kittery, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Nov 1785  Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Initiatory (LDS) 15 May 1930  ARIZO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I77888  mytree
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2015 

    Father Captain William Whipple,   b. 28 Jan 1695, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1751, Kittery, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Mary Cutts,   b. 26 Dec 1698, Kittery, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1783, Kittery, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 14 May 1722  Kittery, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F25518  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jan 1730 - Kittery, York, Maine, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Nov 1785 - Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 15 May 1930 - ARIZO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Whipple, William b1730 - Portrait
    Whipple, William b1730 - Portrait
    Whipple, William b1730 - Painting by Walter Gilman
    Whipple, William b1730 - Painting by Walter Gilman

    Histories
    Whipple, William b1730 - History
    Whipple, William b1730 - History
    William Whipple was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire.

  • Notes 
    • Was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire.

      William Whipple was born at Kittery Maine, in 1730. He was educated at a common school until his early teens, when he went off to sea to find his fortune. He was an able seaman, earning the position of Ship's Master by the age of 21. He worked hard and amassed a great deal of money. In 1759 he landed in Portsmouth and, in partnership with his brother, established himself as a merchant. Calls to public duty began almost immediately. He was elected to several local offices and was involved in the Patriot movement.

      In 1775 he was elected to represent his town at the provincial congress. The following year New Hampshire dissolved the Royal government and reorganized with a House of Representatives and an Executive Council. Whipple was made a Council member, a member of the Committee of Safety, and was promptly elected to the Continental Congress. He served there through 1779, though he took much leave for military affairs. In 1777 he was made Brigadier General of the New Hampshire Militia. General Whipple led men in the successful expedition against General Burgoyne at the battles of Stillwater and Saratoga.

      After the war Whipple was appointed an associate justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire. He suffered from a heart ailment for several years and he died, fainting from atop his horse while traveling his court circuit, in November of 1785.