George Ross

George Ross, Declaration Signer, Signs Promissory Note

George Ross, Declaration Signer, Signs Promissory Note


Declaration signer George Ross (1730-1779) signed a September 16, 1778 promissory note as "Geo: Ross" in the docket section verso. The cream laid paper has been tipped into a larger sheet measuring 8.125" x 3.75" overall. The front has been silked. Expected paper folds and isolated foxing, else near fine. 


In full, with unchanged spelling and punctuation:




"I promise to pay to George Ross Esquire or order twenty Twenty pound on Demand for Value received Witness my Hand September 16th: 1778 -


Joseph Natin


Wm Lewis."




"1778 Note

Joseph Natine


[signed] Geo: Ross


on demand."


George Ross entered the Pennsylvania bar in 1750. Initially the young lawyer had Tory sympathies, but he radicalized sometime during the transition from private practice to his 12-year tenure as Crown Prosecutor of modern day Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Ross was one of nine Pennsylvania delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was elected to three Continental Congresses, and served as a Colonel in the Continental Army. He died at age 49.


This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.



Item: 66623

Price: $600.00
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