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Office created by State Constitution December 21, 1790
Himself, as 1st Governor
Thomas Mifflin, Pennsylvania's first governor under the Constitution of 1790, was born in Philadelphia January 10, 1744, the oldest son of John and Elizabeth (Bagnell) Mifflin, a prosperous merchant family and early Quaker settlers.
Mifflin graduated from the College of Philadelphia in 1760, worked for Philadelphia merchant William Coleman, and married Sarah Morris on March 4, 1765.
Though he was born into a Quaker family, he served in the Continental Army. He was President of Pennsylvania until the Commonwealth passed its Constitution on 21 December 1790, when he became its first Governor.
Although wealthy most of his life, Creditors descended on Mifflin in 1799 forced him to leave Philadelphia. Mifflin was a lavish spender and financially took a toll on the once wealthy businessman. By the end of his life Mifflin's finances were so unsettled that he had to be buried at state expense.
Thomas Mifflin is buried in the cemetery of the German Lutheran Church in Lancaster.
- Mifflin County, Pennsylvania is named in his honor.
- Find A Grave Memorial# 4717
- Thomas Mifflin on Wikipedia
- "United States Census, 1790," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHKR-59T : accessed 15 December 2014), Thomas (Governor Of The State) Mitflin, Water Street East Side, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; citing p. 130, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 9; FHL microfilm 568,149.
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