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Tench COXE

(1755-1824)

COXE, Tench, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., May 22, 1755; received a liberal schooling; engaged in mercantile pursuits; resigned from the Pennsylvania Militia in 1776, turned Loyalist, and joined the British Army under Howe in 1777; was arrested, paroled, and joined the patriot cause; commissioner to the Federal Convention at Annapolis in 1786; Member of the Continental Congress in 1789; was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury on September 11, 1789, and served until the office was abolished on May 8, 1792; was appointed revenue commissioner June 30, 1792, and served until removed by President Adams; was appointed by President Jefferson purveyor of public supplies and served from 1803 to 1812; was a writer on political and economic subjects; died in Philadelphia, Pa., July 17, 1824; interment in Christ Church Burying Ground.

Bibliography

Cooke, Jacob E. Tench Coxe and the Early Republic. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1978.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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