About this Famous Person
Signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire
Source : Tim DOWLING
Whipple was born at Kittery, Maine, and educated at a common school studying how to be a merchant, judge, and a soldier until he went off to sea. He became a Ship's Master by the age of twenty-three. In 1759 he landed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in partnership with his brother established himself as a merchant. He married his first cousin Catherine Moffat some time around 1770 to 1771. Whipple and his wife lived in the now historic Moffatt-Ladd House on Market Street in Portsmouth.
In 1775, he was elected to represent his town at the Provincial Congress. In 1776 New Hampshire dissolved the Royal government and reorganized with a House of Representatives and an Executive Council. Whipple became a Council member, and a member of the Committee of Safety, and was elected to the Continental Congress, serving there through 1779.
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