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William Whipple
Portrait by Walter Gilman Page

Born (1730-01-14)January 14, 1730
Kittery, Maine
Died November 28, 1785(1785-11-28) (aged 55)
New Hampshire
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Continental Army New Hampshire Militia
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held New Hampshire Militia (Bellow’s Regiment of Militia, Chase’s Regiment of Militia, Moore’s Regiment of Militia, Welch’s Regiment of Militia)
Battles/wars American Revolution, Battle of Saratoga, Bemis Heights, Battle of Bennington, Battle of Rhode Island
Spouse(s) Catherine Moffat Whipple

Only nine States have been represented since my arrival ’till within three days. There are now Eleven States barely represented. This tardiness in the States or their Delegates, besides retarding the most important Business makes it exceeding fatiguing to those that do attend.
William Whipple
The river route is certainly preferable, as it affords good grazing and an abundance of water.
William Whipple
I fear a permanent Confederation will never be settled; tho the most material articles are I think got thro’, so as to give great offence to some, but to my Satisfaction.
William Whipple
I think experience has shown that privateers have done more toward distressing the trade of our enemies, and furnishing these States with necessaries, than Continental Ships of the same force.
William Whipple
In my opinion the greatest advantage we can at present expect from our Navy; for at this early period We can not expect to have a Navy to cope with the British.
William Whipple
I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small importance waste a good deal of precious time, by the long and repeated speeches and chicanery of gentlemen who will not wholly throw off the lawyer even in Congress.
William Whipple
I hope in time N. H. as well as the other States will feel the importance of Sovereignty.
William Whipple
I wonder much that a court of Law should be in doubt whether a Resolution of Congress can superceed the Law of a Sovereign State.
William Whipple