Charles DE WITT, Congress, NY (1727-1787)


DE WITT, Charles, (grandfather of Charles Gerrit De Witt), a Delegate from New York; born in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., in 1727; pursued classical studies; colonel of militia; member of the colonel assembly, 1768-1776; delegate to the provisional convention, 1775; member of the Provisional Congress which approved the Declaration of Independence, 1775-1777; served on the constitutional committee in 1776, and on the committee of safety, 1777; Member of the Continental Congress, February 1784-October 1784; editor of the Ulster Sentinel for several years; member of the State assembly, 1781, 1785, and 1786; member of the committee to draft the State constitution; died in Kingston, N.Y., August 27, 1787; interment in Dutch Reformed Cemetery, Hurley, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present