Time Line

November 13th, 1732 - The American statesmen and pamphleteer Dickinson was born in Talbot county, Maryland.

1741 - The Dickinson family moves to Poplar Hall, the present site of the Dickinson Plantation in Kent County, Delaware.

1750 - At age 18, John Dickinson moves to Philadelphia to study law.

1753-1757 - Dickinson continues his law studies at the Middle Temple, Inns of Court, in London

October - 1759 - After practicing law for a little more than a year, Dickinson is elected to the Delaware assembly as a Kent county representative. (AGE 27)

October 1760 - John Dickinson is re-elected and chosen speaker of the assembly.  Samuel Dickinson dies.

May 1762 - He is elected to fill in a vacant seat in Pennsylvania Assembly in a special election.

October 1764 - He is re-elected to Pennsylvania assembly. Dickinson breaks with Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Galloway over their push to make Pennsylvania a royal colony.

September 1765 - He chairs committee to write instructions for Pennsylvania Representatives to the Stamp Act Congress (Age 33)

October 1765 - He serves as representative to Stamp Act Congress.

December 1765 - He writes and publishes Pamphlet The Late Regulations Respecting the British Colonies Considered.

December 1767 - He writes and publishes series of letters in newspapers entitled Letters From A Pennsylvania Farmer to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies. (Age 35)

1770 - He marries Mary Norris, daughter of a wealthy and prominent Philadelphia Quaker family.

October 1770 - He is elected to Pennsylvania Assembly.

December 1773 - The Boston Tea Party occurs.

June 1774 - He is appointed Chairman of the Philadelphia Committee of Correspondence.

October 1774 - He is elected to Pennsylvania Assembly; serves as delegate to First Continental Congress; writes An Address to the Inhabitants of Quebec.

April 1775 - The battle of Lexington and Concord is fought on April 18, 1775.

May 1775 - He is elected representative to Second Continental Congress

June 1775 - He is appointed Chairman of Committee Safety and Defense for Pennsylvania. The Battle of Bunker Hill is fought.

July 1775 - He writes the "Olive Branch Petition," and collaborates with Thomas Jefferson to write "Declaration on Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms.

June 1776 - He writes the first draft of the Articles of Confederation, abstains from the vote for Independence, recognizing his negative vote would jeopardize unity at the time of war.  He joins his militia unit in New Jersey.

November 1776 - He declines to be elected in both Pennsylvania and Delaware Assemblies

January 1777 - The Delaware Assembly appoints Dickinson as a delegate to congress; he declines.

April 1779 - He accepts appointment to congress of Delaware.

November 1780 - He is selected to Delaware Assembly. (Age 48)

November 1781 - While serving as president of Delaware, is elected to Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council, then elected President of Pennsylvania. Tories attack and damage Poplar Hall.

September 1786 - He leads Delaware delegates to Annapolis Convention, is selected chairman of convention.

May 1787 - He is a delegate from Delaware at the Constitutional Convention.

1788 - He writes the nine letters signed "Fabius" which defend and endorse the Constitution.

December 1792 - He is elected to the Delaware Assembly

March 1793 - He resigns his senatorial seat. This signals the end of his political career.

1803 - Mary Dickinson dies.

1804 - Poplar Hall burns.  Dickinson moves to Wilmington.

February 1808 - John Dickinson dies at age 75.