FITZSIMONS, Thomas

1741–1811

Biography

FITZSIMONS, Thomas, a Delegate and a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ireland in 1741; immigrated to the United States and entered a counting-house in Philadelphia, Pa., as clerk; commanded a company of volunteer home guards during the Revolutionary War; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783; member of the State house of representatives in 1786 and 1787; delegate to the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the Constitution; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1795); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1794 to the Fourth Congress; president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; founder and director of the Bank of North America; died in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 26, 1811; interment in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Churchyard.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the North American Land Company Ledger, 1795-1805, 1 volume. Subjects covered in the papers include Thomas Fitzsimons. An index to the volume is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Nathan Sellers Papers, 1771-1844, 14 volumes. Account books contain records of sales to Thomas Fitzsimons.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1808, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to Benjamin Williams concerning admissions policies.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1781-1786, 1 volume. A journal kept by Thomas Fitzsimons documenting business transactions, from October 1781 through April 1786, including foreign sales.
Papers: In the Maitland Family Papers, 1729-1896, 300 items. Subjects covered in the papers include Thomas Fitzsimons.
Papers: In the Philadelphia Board of Trade Records, 1801-1942, 21 linear feet. Subjects covered in the papers include Thomas Fitzsimons.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, ca.1798-1803, 2 items. Letters of Thomas Fitzsimons.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1783, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to John Mease written on December 22, 183.
Papers: 1786, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to Robert Gilmer written on August 8, 1786.
Papers: 1791, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to R. Gilmer, Esq., written on November 14, 1791.
Papers: 1797, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to Henry Hill, Esq., written on February 20, 1797.
Papers: In the John Witherspoon Papers, 1787, 1 item. A letter from John Witherspoon to Thomas Fitzsimons written on August 20, 1787.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: ca. 1798, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to Henry Clymer written around July 25, 1798.
Papers: In the Pierce Butler Papers, 1782, 1 item. A letter from Pierce Butler to Thomas Fitzsimons written on November 8, 1782. Pierce Butler encloses a power of attorney (not present) for Thomas Fitzsimons and gives brief instructions on the handling of his affairs.

Yale University Library
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New Haven, CT
Papers: 1789, 1 item. A letter from Thomas Fitzsimons to Benjamin Rush written on June 20, 1789. Thomas Fitzsimons discusses affairs of the Continental Congress and mentions James Madison's work on the Constitution, as well as George Clymer.
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