Smith, James (1719?–1806), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A prominent backcountry leader in Pennsylvania, he served in various provincial assemblies and was a member of the Continental Congress (1776 and 1778). Smith was born in northern Ireland and came to America in 1729. He studied law, eventually establishing a successful practice in York, Pennsylvania.
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Henry, Patrick (1736-1799), a United States orator and statesman. He was one of the first American patriots to speak out against taxation by Britain.