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Charles PETTIT

(1736-1806)

PETTIT, Charles, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born near Amwell, Hunterdon County, N.J., in 1736; received an English training; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1770 but did not commence practice until 1773; deputy secretary of the Province of New Jersey 1769-1778; clerk of the council; clerk of the supreme court and of the pleas court; surrogate and keeper and register of the records of the Province of New Jersey; appointed aide-de-camp to Gov. William Franklin March 8, 1771; secretary of state of New Jersey and aide to Governor Livingston October 8, 1776; assistant adjutant general on the staff of Gen. Nathanael Greene in the Revolutionary Army from 1778 until his resignation in 1781; became an importing merchant in Philadelphia; member of the state house of representatives in 1783 and 1784; Member of the Continental Congress from 1785 to 1787; died in Philadelphia, Pa., September 3, 1806.

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

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