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Hugh Williamson (1735-1819)
Hugh Williamson was born of Scotch-Irish decent at West Nottingham, PA.on the 5th of December 1735. At the age of sixteen, he entered the College of Philadelphia and received his degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1757. In 1759 Hugh Williamson became a licensed Presbyterian preacher, but was never ordained. Around that time, he also took a job as professor mathematics at his alma mater.
To prosecute his medical studies, Williamson left his native country for Europe and resigned his professorship in 1764. After writing an essay on Comets, in which he advanced several original ideas he was awarded his LL.D degree from the University of Leyden. Sailing fro England in 1773 to raise finds for a local educational project, William stopped on route at Boston. There he witnessed the famous Tea Party. When the British Privy Council called on him to testify as to what he had seen, he warned the councilors that the colonies would rebel if the British did not change their policies. Williamson struck up a close friendship with fellow-scientist Benjamin Franklin.
The Plea of the Colonies was published in 1775. He soon sailed back to the United States, settling in Charleston, SC, and then in Edenton, NC. In 1980 he was appointed a surgeon in the army. And soon after the war, Williamson began his political career. In 1982 he was elected as a representative in the House of Commons of North Carolina. Then after four years he was chosen to represent his state at the Annapolis Convention but arrived too late to take a part.
He again served in Congress from 1787 to 1789 and w...
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