Was a member of the Assembly of Pennsylvania in 1764, and of the general Congress in 1765. The duties imposed by Parliament on the colonies, called forth the pen of John Dickinson who in 1767, in a series of letters signed a Pennsylvania Farmer proving the extreme danger which threatened the liberties of America, may be said to have sown the seeds of the Revolution. They were written with great animation, and read with uncommon attention. He was a member of the first Congress in 1774; the petition to the king which was adopted at this time, and is considered as an elegant composition was written by him. He was President of Pensylvania from November 1782 to October 1785, and was succeeded in this office by Dr. Franklin, and soon after removed to Delaware, by which state he was appointed a member of the old Congress, and of which state he was President. He died at Wilmington, Feb. 15, 1808, at an advanced age. Mr. Dickinson's writings were collected and published in 2 vol. 8 vo. 1801. He filled with ability the various high stations in which he was placed. He was distinguished by his strength of mind, miscellaneous knowledge and cultivated taste, which were united with a habitual eloquence, with an elegance of manners and a benignity, which made him the delight as well as the ornament of society. [P. 9.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.