Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

William Paca (1740-1799)
MSA SC 3520-965
Governor of Maryland, 1782-1785 (anti-Federalist)

Biographical Profile-
Born:  October 31, 1740 near Abingdon, Baltimore (now Harford) County1
Father:  John Paca2
Mother:  Elizabeth (Smith) Paca3
Marriages:  May 26, 1763 to Mary Lloyd Chew; February 28, 1777 to Ann Harrison4
Children:  Henrietta Maria (died young), John Philemon, William, Henry, Henrietta Maria, Hester5
Education:  attended Academy and Charity School, Philadelphia, 1752-1756; College of Philadelphia, B.A. 1759, M.A., 1762; studied law with Stephen Bordley, 1759-1760; attended Inner Temple, Inns of Court, London, 17616
Religious affiliation:  Anglican7
Positions held:
            Common Councilman, Annapolis, 1766
            Maryland's Lower House, 1768-1774, 1786-1787
            Conventions, Anne Arundel County, 1774-1776
            Delegate, Continental Congress, June 1774-December 1780
            First Council of Safety, 1775
            Signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776
            Maryland Senate, 1777, 1778-1780 (resigned)
            Judge, Court of Appeals for Admiralty and Prize Cases, appointed 1780
            Elected to Maryland Senate, 1786 (declined to serve)
            Alderman, Annapolis, 1781
            General Court, appointed February 1778 (resigned October)
            Special Council on the Defense of the State, appointed 1780
            Commissioner, Confiscated British Property, appointed 1781 (resigned)
            Governor of Maryland, 1782-1785
            Executive Council, 1786 (resigned)
            Delegate, Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788
            Board of Visitors and Governors, Washington College, 1783, 1789
            Judge, Federal District Court of Maryland8
Died:  October 13, 1799 at "Wye Hall," Queen Anne's County9
Burial:  family cemetery, Queen Anne's County10

Notes on sources

Link to New National Dictionary of National Biography Entry

Link to Biography from Frank White's Governors of Maryland

Return to William Paca's introductory page

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