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BINGHAM, William, senator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1751; died in Bath, England, 7 February 1804. He was graduated at Philadelphia College in 1768, went as agent for the continental congress to Martinique, and afterward was consul at St. Pierre. In 1787-'8 he was a delegate in the old congress from Pennsylvania. In 1795 he was elected a senator, and served till 1801, in 1797 as president of the senate pro tempore. He was a strong supporter of President Adams. In 1793 he purchased, for $250,000, more than 2,000,000 acres in Maine, which he described in a pamphlet published the same year. In 1794 he published a " Letter from an American on the Subject of the Restraining Proclamation."*His wife, Anne Willing, was distinguished in Philadelphia by her beauty, elegance of manners, and the magnificent hospitality that the means of her husband, who was at that time the wealthiest citizen of Pennsylvania, permitted her to dispense. The accompanying portrait is after one by Gilbert Stuart. * Their eldest daughter, Anne Louisa, who died in 1848, married in Philadelphia, 23 August 1798, Alexander Baring, negotiator of the Webster-Ashburton treaty.-Their second daughter, Maria Matilda, married James Alexander, Comte de Tilly, for her second husband Henry Baring, brother of Lord Ashburton, and for her third the Marquis de Blaisel.
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