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RUMSEY, Benjamin, Continental congressman, born about 1730. His grandfather, Charles, emigrated from Wales to this country about 1665, and after living in Charleston, South Carolina, New York, and Philadelphia, settled in Cecil county, Maryland He was the great-grandfather of James Rumsey, noticed below. Benjamin was elected by the Maryland convention, 29 December, 1775, one of a committee of five to prepare a draft of instructions for the deputies of the province in congress. on 1 January, 1776, he was chosen one of a similar committee to report resolutions for raising, clothing, and victualling the provincial forces. On 25 May he became one of the council of safety, and on 10 November he was chosen by the convention to the Continental congress.
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