Nicholas Van Dyke

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Nicholas Van Dyke (September 25, 1738 – February 19, 1789) was a lawyer from Delaware who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777-1781.[1]

Early life

Bayard was born in New Castle County, Delaware, on September 25, 1738. He studied law in Philadelphia, and was admitted to the bar in 1765.

Continental Congress

Bayard was elected to the Continental Congress in 1777 and served until 1781, during which time he signed the Articles of Confederation.


Van Dyke died in New Castle County, Delaware on February 19, 1789; he was interred in Immanuel Churchyard.


  • Served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1776.
  • Father of Nicholas Van Dyke, a Federalist Senator who served in the tenth and eleventh Congresses.