TILGHMAN, Matthew (1718-1790)

TILGHMAN, MATTHEW, a Delegate from Maryland; born at the ``Hermitage,'' near Centerville, Queen Annes County, Md., February 17, 1718; was tutored privately; justice of the peace for Talbot County; member of the Maryland House of Delegates 1751-1777, serving as speaker 1773-1775; president of the Revolutionary convention that directed the affairs of the colony 1774-1777; member of the committee appointed to draw up the protest against the Stamp Act; chairman of the committee of correspondence in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; was summoned from his seat in Congress to attend the convention at Annapolis, Md., convening June 21, 1776, and served as president of that body; chairman of the committee of safety in 1775; chairman of the committee which prepared the first declaration and charter of rights and plan of government (constitution) for the State of Maryland; elected as a member of the State senate in 1777; reelected, but resigned before the expiration of his term; was an extensive land owner and engaged in planting; died at his home ``Rich Neck,'' near Claiborne, Talbot County, Md., May 4, 1790; interment in the family cemetery at ``Rich Neck.''

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1783, 1 item.
An autographed letter signed by Matthew Tilghman on May 7, 1783.


University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1776, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas Stone to Matthew Tilghman written on September 4, 1776. In the letter, Stone informs Matthew Tilghman that New York is in need of assistance, and he hopes the Convention will be able to help. Accompanying this document is a typed copy of this letter. Included is an engraving of Stone's residence in Port Tobacco, Maryland, and one of Stone by G. B. Ellis, drawn by J. B. Longacre "from a painting by Pine."