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GRAY, George, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 October, 1725; died in "Whitby Hall," near Philadelphia, in 1800. He was fifth of the name in lineal descent from George Gray, a wealthy gentleman of Barbadoes. He took an active interest in the affairs of the colony, and served in the assembly as delegate from Philadelphia from 1772 until 1775, when he resigned to take his place as member of the committee of safety. In 1777 he was transferred to the board of war, of which he eventually became chairman, and on which he served until the close of the Revolution. He was the author of the famous "Treason Resolutions" that were reported to the assembly by the committee of which he was chairman. After the Revolution he again represented Philadelphia in the assembly, of which he was chosen speaker. In 1789-'90 he was a member of the Constitutional convention of Pennsylvania.
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