William Whipple

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Founding Fathers
William Whipple
State New Hampshire
Religion Christian- Congregationalist [1]
Founding Documents Declaration of Independence

William Whipple (January 14, 1730 – November 28, 1785) is an American Founding Father. He was a Ship's Master, a merchant, and was involved in the Patriot movement. William Whipple was elected to the Provincial Congress, the House of Representatives and he was involved in the Council of Safety for the defense of the colony. He was made Brigadier General of the New Hampshire Militia and elected as a delegate of New Hampshire to the Continental Congress that signed the Declaration of Independence. After the American Revolution, Whipple became an associate justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire.

Early life

William Whipple was born at Kittery, Maine, the eldest son of father William Whipple. Young William was educated a public schools. At age twenty-one he took a fondness for the sea and commanded a ship of his own. He would make a small fortune in the merchant marine business importing slaves from the West Indies and Africa. During the American Revolution, it was recorded that Whipple freed his slaves. In 1759, he left sea life and entered into business with his brother Joseph in Portsmouth, as a merchant.[2] Whipple would marry Catherine Moffatt and they had one child. From the very start, Whipple sided with the colonies over Britain.

American Revolution

In 1775, he was elected a delegate from New Hampshire to the Continental Congress. Whipple would be seated on the on the marine and commerce committees. In 1777, Brigadier General Whipple would aid General George Washington with his military plans for the summer campaign. He led a contingent of New Hampshire troops in the successful expedition against General Burgoyne at the battles of Stillwater and Saratoga.[3] Whipple resigned from Congress in 1779 and from the military in 1782. Whipple was appointed an associate justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire until his death.


William Whipple suffered from heart problems. In the fall of 1785, his heart problem worsened and he died at the age of fifty-five.


  1. http://www.adherents.com/gov/Founding_Fathers_Religion.html
  2. William Whipple, USHistory.org
  3. William Whipple, Williamwhipple.com

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