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Pickering, Timothy (1745-1829)

Timothy Pickering

Courtesy of the U.S. Army Center of Military History

This Unitarian George Washington appointed adjutant general, and then as quartermaster of the army. He was a representative in the Pennsylvania delegation that ratified the Constitution of the United States.

Here is a US State Department profile:

Born: July 17, 1745
Died: January 29, 1829
Married: Rebecca White
Education: Harvard College
Occupation: Lawyer
Government Positions:

  • Entered Revolutionary Army as colonel in 1775
  • Elected to State Legislature in 1776
  • Appointed Adjutant General 1777
  • Elected member of the Board of War 1777
  • Quartermaster General of the Army 1780-1785
  • Organized Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and represented it in the convention of 1787 that ratified the Federal Constitution and in the State constitutional convention of 1789-1790
  • Postmaster General 1791-1795
  • Secretary of War in President Washington’s Cabinet in 1795
  • Secretary of State ad interim August 20-December 9, 1795
  • Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas in 1802
  • Senator for Massachusetts 1803-1800
  • Member of State Executive Council 1812-1813
  • Representative from Massachusetts 1813-1817


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