William P. Thomas, 1770-1824

William P. Thomas was my 5th Great Grandfather, born in Bertie County, North Carolina. He was listed in the census as a "farmer", and his net worth was listed as $4,100. In 2020 dollars this would be about $6,600,000.

He was alive for:

- The Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773

- The first Continental Congress in Philadelphia 1774

- Paul Revere's night ride in 1775

- The signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

- The adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777

- The writing of The Articles of Confederation in 1777

- The court martial of Benedict Arnold in 1779

- The formation of the State of Tennessee in 1779

- The entire Revolutionary War

- The birth of Davy Crockett in 1786

- The adoption of the Constitution in 1787

- The election of George Washington in 1789

- The submission of the Bill of Rights in 1789

- The first session of the Supreme Court in 1790

- The first State of the Union Address in 1790

- The adoption of the first Ten Amendments in 1791

- The establishment of the first Post Office in 1792

- The establishment of the New York Stock Exchange 1792

- The laying of the cornerstone for the White House in 1792

- The laying of the cornerstone for the Capitol Building 1793

- The issuing of the first passport in 1796

- The printing of the first ballot in 1799

- The outlawing of slavery in New York in 1799

- The election of Thomas Jefferson in 1801

- The establishment of West Point in 1802

- The Louisiana Purchase in 1803

- The death by duel of Alexander Hamilton in 1804

- The arrival of Lewis and Clark in North Dakota 1805

- The discovery of Pike's Peak by Zebulon Pike in 1806

- The birth of Abraham Lincoln in 1809

- The War of 1812

- The writing of The Star Spangled Banner in 1814

- The invastion of Floriday by Andrew Jackson in 1818

- The birth of Ulysses S Grant in 1822

What a time to be alive.


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