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GRIER, David, soldier, born in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1742; died in York, Pennsylvania, 3 June, 1790. He received a classical education, studied law, and was admitted to the York County bar in 1771. He served in the French and Indian war, and when the war for independence began he was commissioned captain of the 6th battalion of the Pennsylvania line, served in the campaign against Canada, was promoted to major in October, 1776, and subsequently to lieutenant colonel of the 7th Pennsylvania line. He was wounded at the Paoli massacre in September, 1777. At the close of the war he resumed his profession at York, was elected to the assembly in 1783, served as a delegate to the convention to ratify the Federal constitution, and was chosen by the constitutionalists one of the first presidential electors.
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