Stairwell Room: Revolutionary Annapolis Wall

William Paca (1740-1799)

Artist: Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), 1772
Medium: Oil on canvas
MSA SC 4680-10-0083

William Paca   

Maryland’s Governor While Congress Met

William Paca was born in 1740 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He received his formal education in Philadelphia, studied the law in Annapolis, and completed his legal training in London.
Returning to Annapolis in 1761, Paca quickly became a proponent of America's independence from England. He served as a delegate to the Maryland Convention, the Committee of Correspondence, the Committee of Safety, and the Constitutional Convention. He also served in the First and Second Continental Congresses.

One of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence, Paca was serving as governor while Congress met in Annapolis from November 1783-August 1784.



KEy Images on the

Samuel Chase
Burning of the Peggy Stewart
Plan of the Harbour and City of Annapolis
The Honorable Thomas Stone
A Front View of the State House...
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

William Paca

Lord Ligonier Advertisement

Charles Calvert and Slave

The Fatal Stamp

Key Documents on the Wall

The Deputy Commissary's Guide...

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

John Shaw # 1 Des