Thomas  Mifflin

Thomas Mifflin (1744 - 1800)

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Thomas Mifflin
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Died in Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
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Preceded by
6th President
Benjamin Franklin

Office created by State Constitution December 21, 1790
Thomas Mifflin
7th President
of Pennsylvania

1st Governor
of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Himself, as 1st Governor

Succeeded by
2nd Governor

Thomas McKean


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.


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On 19 Mar 2016 at 19:18 GMT US Presidents Project WikiTree wrote:

He was also a President of the Continental Congress.

On 9 Mar 2015 at 21:48 GMT Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros wrote:

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