Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Thomas Fitzsimmons

Thomas Fitzsimmons

by Gilbert Stuart

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Life dates: 1741-26 August 1811
Place of Residence (1789): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation (1789): Merchant
Place of Birth: Ireland
Age (March 4, 1789): 48
Religion (1789): Roman Catholic
College Education: None
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, Independent Militia
Prior Political Offices: Provincial Congress Confederation Congress
State Legislature
State Council of Censors
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in House: 1795
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