PACA, William, a Delegate from Maryland; born at “Wye Hall,“ near Abingdon, Queen Anne (now Harford) County, Md., October 31, 1740; was graduated from Philadelphia College in 1759; studied law in Annapolis, Md., and in the Middle Temple, London, England; was admitted to the bar in 1764; returned home and commenced the practice of his profession at Annapolis in 1764; member of the provincial assembly 1771-1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1779; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; served in the state senate 1777-1779; chief judge of the superior court of Maryland 1778-1780; chief justice of the court of appeals in prize and admiralty cases 1780-1782; governor of Maryland from November 1782 to November 1785; was influential in establishing Washington College in Chestertown, Md., in 1786; delegate to the state convention in 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution; appointed by President Washington as judge of the United States Court for Maryland and served from 1789 until his death at “Wye Hall,“ Queen Anne County, Md., October 23, 1799; interment in the family burial ground, Queen Anne County, Md.
BibliographyStiverson, Gregory A., and Phebe R. Jacobsen. William Paca, A Biography. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1976.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present