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Often referred to as the "penman of the Revolution," John Dickinson was an American statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress and one of the writers of the Articles of Confederation.
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In the end, he abstained from the vote so that the overall vote for independence would be unanimous.
In 1779, after the Revolutionary War, in which he fought in varying roles, Dickinson returned to the Continental Congress and was elected president of Delaware two years later (in 1782 he was elected Pennsylvania president). In 1786, he had a hand in revising the Articles of Confederation, and the document that emerged was a new U.S Constitution,
which went into effect the following year. Unfortunately, illness kept Dickinson from signing the document, and a colleague put his name to the parchment.
Dickinson died on February 14, 1808, at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
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