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WISNER, Henry, a Delegate from New York; born near Florida, Orange County, N.Y., in 1720; completed academic studies; invested in real estate and built a gristmill near Goshen, N.Y.; assistant justice of the court of common pleas; member of the colonial assembly 1759-1769; delegate to the New York provincial convention in 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; voted for the Declaration of Independence, but was absent at the time it was signed, attending the Provincial Congress in New York, to which he had just been elected; member of the Provincial Congress in 1776 and 1777; erected three powder mills in the vicinity of Goshen, Orange County, N.Y., and supplied powder to the Continental Army during the Revolution; one of the committee that framed the first constitution of New York in 1777; member of the commission to provide for fortifying the Hudson River in 1777 and 1778; served in the State senate 1777-1782; established an academy at Goshen in 1784; member of the first board of regents of the University of the State of New York 1784-1787; served as a member of the State ratification convention in 1788; died in Goshen, N.Y., on March 4, 1790; interment in the Old Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg, N.Y.

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

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External Research Collections

New York State Library

Albany, NY
Papers: 1767, 1 item. A deed to Henry Wisner written in March 1767. The deed consists of a title to land situated in the Wawayanda patent, that is presently in the vicinity of Warwick, New York. Egbert Benson was a witness.
Papers: 1789, 1 item. A receipt, written at Albany, N.Y. "of Cornelius C. Schoonmaker for Henry Wisner Esq. six class rights of two hundred acres each --" receipt was signed by Simeon De Witt, Surveyor General. The receipt was written on December 22, 1789,

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1776, 2 items. A letter from William Floyd and Henry Wisner to General Schuyler written on January 29, 1776. William Floyd and Henry Wisner express their concern over the failure of General Montgomery at Quebec, and inform General Schuyler that Congress is still resolved to take Canada and that reinforcements are marching. They recommend the bearer of the letter to his notice, a Robert Allison who has been appointed an ensign by Congress. An engraving of William Floyd accompanies the letter.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Burdge, Franklin. A Memorial of Henry Wisner: The Only New Yorker Who Voted for the Declaration of Independence. [New York?: N.p., 1878?].

------. A Second Memorial of Henry Wisner. [New York?]: N.p., 1898.

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