William Montgomery (Pennsylvania), Date of Birth, Date of Death


William Montgomery (Pennsylvania)

American jurist and politician from Pennsylvania

Date of Birth: 03-Aug-1736

Date of Death: 01-May-1816

Profession: judge, politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About William Montgomery (Pennsylvania)

  • William Montgomery (August 3, 1736 – May 1, 1816) was a colonial-American patriot, pioneer, soldier, public servant, and abolitionist. As a revolutionary patriot, he helped the Province of Pennsylvania declare independence from the British Empire, establish the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and save the American Revolution during the Ten Crucial Days.
  • As a soldier, he served a total of 34 years, including 14 years as major general and division commander.
  • As a public servant, he was elected or appointed to 16 different offices, including the Continental Congress, Pennsylvania Congress, and United States Congress, and co-authorized the creation of the United States Navy's first six frigates.
  • As an abolitionist, he helped pass: a resolution to prohibit the future import of slaves into the Province of Pennsylvania in 1775, An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery (the first law adopted by a democracy to end slavery in world history) in 1780, and the Slave Trade Act in 1794.
  • He was one of seven congressman who voted against the Fugitive Slave Act in 1793.
  • As a pioneer he founded "Montgomery's Landing", later named Danville, Pennsylvania after his son, Daniel Montgomery.

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