Thomas Fitzsimons, merchant, signer of the United States Constitution was born in 1741, in Ireland.  Even in 1887, 80 some years after his death a more specific place was gone from memory, one relation saying Clare, others Belfast, Limerick, and the traditional Wicklow. Thomas himself mentioned in a letter, that he was from Ireland. Recent study has discovered a baptism of 11 Oct 1741 in Inch by Gorey, Wexford, Ireland, son of Anthony. See Thomas Fitzsimons Sr. for discussion of this theory.
A marriage license was issued to Thomas Fitzsimons and Catherine Meade in Philadelphia on Nov. 23, 1761. In a letter to Archbishop Carroll in 1808, Thomas said he had been married 45 years, so about 1763. The couple had no children.
Thomas Fitzsimons, merchant, died August 26, 1811, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried from his house on Arch above 8th Street at St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Philadelphia, where his grave can be visited.
Thomas’ adult life began modestly enough, as a clerk in a counting house. . After his marriage, he joined the import firm of his brother-in-law George Meade. George Meade and Company, specializing in trade with the West Indies, was very successful.
As the need for independence grew more obvious, Philadelphia formed it’s first Committee of Correspondence, Thomas was one of the thirteen and again one of the expanded committee of 43, in 1774, and then was a deputy to the Continental Congress of 1774.
Pennsylvania had no standing militia when the war began. Thomas Fitzsimmons formed a company, which was assigned to the 3rd Battalion under Col. Cadwalader and Lieutenant Colonel John Nixon. The Battalion and Company served in New Jersey reinforcing Washingtons Continental Army and protecting Philadelphia from attack.
Fitzsimmons was appointed Assistant to the Council of Safety Dec. 1776, however he was still in the field at the time and did not return until after the Council was done with their work. He was a member of the Navy Board. Thomas was active in the city and was frequently consulted by the Government on financial matters such as funding the debt incurred in waging the Revolutionary War. He believed in promoting exports and placing a tarriff on imports as a way to encourage the American economy.
In addition, he was a member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783.
Thomas FitzSimons, merchant, freed his negro woman Henny, age, about 28, and her two daughters Nancy, age 4, and Mary age 1 year eight months, June 13th 1784.
In 1786 and 1787, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.
He served as a delegate to the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the Constitution.
He was elected to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1795) and was defeated in 1794.
He continued in Pennsylvania as president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and founder and director of the Bank of North America until his death in 1811.
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