Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803

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Birth 1731
Death 1803-08-10

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Joseph Galloway (1731-1803), an American British loyalist. In 1753, he married Grace Growden, daughter of Lawrence Growden, Jr. (1694-1770), one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in colonial Pennsylvania. As a member of the Pennsyvalvania Assembly, Galloway was part of Benjamin Franklin's anti-proprietary faction. He was the Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and signed the non-importation agreement, but refused to sign the Declaration of Independence. In 1776, he joined the British Army and was appointed civil commissioner and superintendent of police during the British occupation of Philadelpiha. In 1778, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania convicted him of high treason and confiscated his estates, and Galloway and his only daughter Elizabeth fled to England. In 1779, he gave damaging testimony to the House of Commons against Howe. His wife remained in the city, hoping to secure her father's inheritance. She died in Philadelphia in 1782. The Growden's estate was settled only after Galloway's death in 1803. The Pennsylvania properties were inherited by the children of Grace Galloway and her elder sister Elizabeth Growden Nickelson.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Galloway, 1717-1874 (bulk 1770-1829). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122332628

Loyalist and member of the Continental Congress and Pennsylvania Assembly.

From the description of Joseph Galloway family papers, 1743-1823. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 171056949

Joseph Galloway was a colonial statesman and a loyalist.

From the description of Remarks upon a union between Great Britain and America. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122590479

Loyalist, author, legislator of Pennsylvania, and delegate of the U.S. Continental Congress of Pennsylvania.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Galloway, 1779-1785. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78095814


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