RODNEY, Thomas, (father of Caesar Augustus Rodney, brother of Caesar Rodney, and cousin of George Brydges Rodney), a Delegate from Delaware; born near Dover, Kent County, Del., June 4, 1744; justice of the peace in 1770 and 1784; member of the assembly to elect delegates in 1774; member of the council of safety in 1775; colonel of Delaware Militia during the Revolutionary War; chief justice of Kent County Court in 1778; register of wills in 1779; Member of the Continental Congress 1781-1782 and 1786; member of the state assembly in 1787 and served as speaker; superintendent of Kent County Almshouse in 1802; appointed an associate justice of the supreme court of Delaware on December 17, 1802, and served until August 1803, when he resigned, having been appointed United States judge for Mississippi Territory; died in Natchez, Miss., January 2, 1811.
BibliographyHamilton, William Baskerville. Thomas Rodney, Revolutionary and Builder of the West. [Durham, N.C.]: Duke University Press, 1953.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present