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The Religious Affiliation of
George Clymer
a Signer of the Declaration of Independence
and U.S. Representative in the First Federal Congress


George Clymer is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a delegate from Pennsylvania.

George Clymer also served as a U.S. Representative in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791).

George Clymer was a Quaker and an Episcopalian.

He was identified as a Quaker by the Library of Congress and A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution, written by M. E. Bradford. A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford was cited as the source stating he was later an Episcopalian. (Source: Ian Dorion, "Table of the Religious Affiliations of American Founders", 1997).

From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976), pages 154-156:

Clymer, a leading Philadelphia merchant, rendered long years of service to his city, State, and Natino. He signed the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution, and applied his commercial acumen to the financial problems of the Colonies and the Confederation.

Clymer was orphaned in 1740, only a year after his birth in Philadelphia. A wealthy uncle reared and informally educated him and advanced him from clerk to full-fledged partner in his mercantile firm, which on his death he bequeathed to his ward.

...At the age of 73, in 1813, he died at Summerseat, an estate a few miles outside Philadelphia at Morrisville... His grave is in the Friends Meeting House Cemetery at Trenton, N.J. [a Quaker church cemetery].

From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Declaration: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1975), page 51:
His grave is in the Friends Meeting House Cemetery at Trenton, N.J.

Note that numerous sources and authoritative references have been consulted in order to ascertain the religious affiliation of the American Founding Fathers. Note that the excerpts and references mentioned on this page are not the only references used in order to identify this person's religious affiliation.

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Portrait: from Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Declaration: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1975).

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