DescriptionThomas Mifflin Pennsylvania Land Warrant Signed as governor. One page, 20.75" x 11.25", November 3, 1796, [Philadelphia]. With blind embossed Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the upper left corner, above Mifflin's bold signature. With an 1856 copy of the 1794 survey of the tract of land, 8.25" x 13.25". Two light holes at the folds of the warrant, else near very fine.
The document transfers 400 acres in Westmoreland County from the Commonwealth to John Nicholson after John Barron Jr. paid "one shilling & nine pence" to the receiver-general of Pennsylvania. Thomas Mifflin was a member of Pennsylvania's Provincial Assembly. He served two terms in the Continental Congress and served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He was a delegate to the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787, as well as a signer of the Constitution. He was a member of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and on November 5, 1788 he was elected president of the Council, replacing Benjamin Franklin. Mifflin was unanimously reelected to the presidency on November 11, 1789. He presided over the committee that wrote Pennsylvania's 1790 State Constitution. That document did away with the Executive Council, replacing it with a single governor. On December 21, 1790 Mifflin became the last president of Pennsylvania and the first governor of the Commonwealth.
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