ROSS was born in May 10, 1730 in New Castle, Delaware. He
studied law and established a practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.The son of a clergyman, young George, while still in his teens,
read for the law in his brother John's office and was admitted to the
bar when he was twenty years old.He
soon established a successful law practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
and married a lovely Scotts-Irish girl who was one of his first clients.
shied away from politics until at the age of thirty-eight he won a seat
in the provincial assembly, where he served for seven years. In the
Pennsylvania general assembly, Ross represented the county of Lancaster
and was appointed to assist in forming rules of order for the convention, and for defining and settling what should be considered high
treason and misprision of treason against the state, and the punishment
which should be inflicted for those offenses. He was appointed by the
convention that assembled, after the dissolution of the proprietary
government, to prepare a declaration of rights.In 1774, he was elected to the First Continental Congress, being
then loyal to Britain in his sympathies and opinions.He turned to the Patriot side in 1775, and for that reason he was
removed from the Pennsylvania delegation.He was extremely popular in the Pennsylvania constitutional
convention, suggested by the fact that only Ben Franklin got a larger
vote than Ross in the balloting.It
was the Pennsylvania constitutional convention that returned Ross to
congress.Although too late
to vote for independence, he was in time to sign the Declaration, which
he did in a bold, underscored signature.
1777, George Ross, in failing health, resigned his seat.In April 1779 he was appointed judge of the court of
admiralty for the state of Pennsylvania, which post he filled until he
died three months later.On
July 14, 1779, at the age of forty-nine George Ross died from a violent
attack of gout.On his
deathbed, Ross said that he was sure he was going to a place where "there were most excellent wines"-- an indicator that he truly enjoyed good living.
document signed "Geo. Ross," dated"January Ten 1750."A
response to a summons for Nathaniel Simpson of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to appear regarding money owed to Jacob Snevley.George Ross as attorney for Nathaniel Simpson.One page measuring 7 ½ x 12 ½ inches.
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