Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer

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Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
State Maryland
Religion Episcopalian
Founding Documents United States Constitution

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (1723 - November 16, 1790) was a statesman and a delegate to the Continental Congress from the state of Maryland. A member of the Continental Congress from 1779-1781, He was a delegate at the Convention was a signer of the United States Constitution.[1]

Early life

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer was born in Charles County Maryland about 1723. He received a liberal education, and was prominent in the politics of his state before the revolution.[2]

Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence was his nephew.


On Nov. 10, 1776, the Maryland convention adopted the declaration of rights and the constitution, and took into consideration the letter of October second from the president of congress, in which he requested the convention to cause as speedily as possible a full representation of the state in congress. They thereupon appointed delegates to congress to serve until the following March, and a committee of safety, of which Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer was appointed to serve, and he subsequently became president of the committee.

He was elected to congress in June, 1779. and was nominated for governor in 1782, but was not elected. In 1785 the assembly of Maryland appointed Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer "for this state to meet the commissioners appointed by the commonwealth of Virginia, for the purpose of settling the navigation of, and the jurisdiction over, that part of the Bay of Chesapeake which lies within the limits of Virginia, and over the Potomac and Pocomoke." At the earnest solicitation of Washington they met at the Mount Vernon Conference on March 28, 1785, when Maryland was represented by Mr. Jenifer. The commissioners mutually agreed to a formal compact: the report was presented to the Maryland legislature, and passed both houses.

At the Convention, he was a part of the representation for the state of Maryland. Other members of the Maryland delegation to the Convention were Daniel Carroll, James McHenry, John Francis Mercer and Luther Martin.

Death and Legacy

Mr. Jenifer was a member of the convention that framed the Constitution of the United States, and one of the signers. He died in Maryland November 6, 1790. His home Ellerslie, in Port Tobacco, Maryland, is on the U.S. Register of Historic Places.