George Clymer was born in Philedelphia in 1739. His
father was from a respectable family of bristol, in England and after his emigration to
america became married to a lady from Philedelphia. Clymer was left by his parents
in an orphanage at the young age of seven. He was then taken care of by his maternal
uncle William Coleman, a gentelman who was respected by everyone in Phildelphia
The education of Clymer was directed by his uncle.
He was the perfect man for the job. Coleman had a great mind and early instilled in
his nephew the love of reading. After the completion of his education Clymer entered
the counting room of his uncle. His genius however, was little adapted to mercantille
employments, being more inclined toliteary and and scientific pursuits.
At the age of twenty seven,he was married ,as has already
been noticed, to a daughter of meredith, a gentlemen of a good mind as his things will
show. Mr washington had been noticing clymer for a while. He was very interested in
clymer and thought he could do a good job. Little did he know was that Clymer would
be a perfect fit in any situation.
Mr Clymer has said to be a republican by nature. He was
also a firm and devoted patriot. His feelings were strongly enlisted in him againstthe acts
of the british government. He early accepteda captains commission in a company of
voulnteers,raised for the defense of the province, and manfully opposed. A committee
appointed, of which Clymer was chairman, to wait upon the cosignees, to request the not
In 1775, Clymer was chosen as a member of the council of
safety,and one of the first treasurers. The next year he was elected a member of the
In september, Clymer was appointed to visit Ticonderoga, in
conjuction with Mr. Stocton, to inspect the affairs of the northern army. Clymer was not
all that crazy about this idea. However he wenta long with it and did a very good job.
In 1777, clymer was again a member of congress. His duites
during this session were ardous, and owing to his unremetting exertions, he was obliged
to retire for a season for the recovery of his health.
In the year 1796 clymer was appointed, together with
Colonial Hawkins and Pickens, to negotiate a treaty with the cherokee and creek indians,
in Georgia. With this in mind he sailed from Philly to Savannah, accompanied by his
wife. There trip was not only unpleasant but dangerous. There was a big storm that took
everyone working together just to stay alive. Having satisfacory complting he again
returned to philedelphia. At this time he closed his political life, and retired to the
enjoyment of that rest that he coveted dearly, after serving his country for more than
Years earlier Clymer was elected to congress. That was in 1780.
From which that time for nearly two years he was absent from his seat, but a few
weeks, so fathfully attentive to the public service. In the latter part of 1782, he removed
with his family to princeton, to give his kids a good colegiate education.
In 1784 Mr. clymer was again summoned by the citizens of
Pennsylvania, to take part in the general assembly of state. Of this body he continued a
member, until the meeting of the convention to form a more efficent constitution for the
general government; of which latter body he was elected a member, and after the
adoption of the constitution, he represented the state of Pensylvania, in congress for two
years; when declining re-election, he closed his long and able legislative carrear.
At a subsequat date, he was called to preside over the
Philedelphia bank, and over the Academy of fine arts, and was elected vice president
of the Philidelphia Agriculural Society, upon its reorganization, in 1805. These offices
he held at the time of his death, whic occured on the 23rd of January,1813, the 74th
year of his age. George Clymer was not only a great politican but a great father and
man as well.Words
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