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Anthony WAYNE

(1745-1796)

WAYNE, Anthony, (father of Isaac Wayne), a Representative from Georgia; born in East Town, Chester County, Pa., January 1, 1745; attended Philadelphia Academy; became a land surveyor and was employed for a time in Nova Scotia; returned to Chester County, Pa.; member of the provincial house of representatives in 1774 and 1775; served in the Revolutionary Army as colonel of the Fourth Regiment of Pennsylvania troops; commissioned as brigadier general February 21, 1777; brevetted major general October 10, 1783; elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1784; moved to Georgia and settled upon a tract of land granted him by that State for his military service; delegate to the State convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1788; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Second Congress and served from March 4, 1791, to March 21, 1792, when the seat was declared vacant; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1792; again entered the service of the United States Army, as major general and General in Chief of the Army; concluded a treaty August 3, 1795, with the Indians northwest of the Ohio River; died in Presque Isle (now Erie), Pa., December 15, 1796; remains were moved in 1809 and interred in St. David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Radnor, Pa.

Bibliography

Wildes, Harry E. Anthony Wayne, Trouble Shooter of the American Revolution. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1941.

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

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