Read, George (1733-1798), a leader of colonial Delaware and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Maryland. Read studied law and started practicing in Delaware in 1753. He led the colony's opposition to the Stamp Act in 1765. A moderate in the Continental Congress of 1776, he did not vote for independence but signed the Declaration of Independence after its adoption. Read was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and through his leadership Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution. He later served as a Federalist in the U.S. Senate, 1789-93, and as chief justice of his state, 1793-98.
In the dark of night on Dec. 16, 1773, residents of Boston poured more than 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor. But they weren't trying to set a world record for the most cups of tea made at one time. They were protesting the British government.
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