|1737||Born in Philadelphia|
||Graduated from the College of Philadelphia –
as first graduate
|1761||Admitted to the bar|
||Published “The Lawfulness, Excellency and
Advantage of Instrumental Music, in the
Public Worship of God, but chiefly of Organs.”
|1774||Appointed to the New Jersey Governor’s Council|
||Published “A Pretty Story” – a satire,
which lost him his post.
|1776||Delegate to the Continental Congress|
|1776||Signed the Declaration of Independence|
|1776-78||Served on the Continental Navy Board|
||Published “The Battle of the Kegs” –
an anti-British satire.
|1779-89||Served on the Admiralty Court of Pennsylvania|
||Published the musical composition,
“Seven Songs for the Harpsichord or Forte-Piano.”
|1791||Died in Philadelphia.|
Did Francis Hopkinson design the first American flag?
George Washington created the design of the first American flag, and requested Francis Hopkinson, the artist, to draw it. A committee, comprised of George Washington, Colonel George Ross and Robert Morris, all fellow-worshippers at Christ Church, Philadelphia, were appointed by Congress to visit Mrs. Elizabeth Ross, a fellow-worshipper at this church, requesting that she sew the first American flag. Francis Hopkinson, being a member of Christ Church, is buried in Christ Church Graveyard, together with John Ross, the Upholsterer – Betsy Ross’ husband.
To learn more, click here. (Founders’ book)