George Read, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Cecil co., Md., Sept. 18, 1733, died in New Castle, Del., Sept. 21, 1798. He studied law at Philadelphia, was admitted to the bar. at the age of 19, began practice at New Castle, and in 1763 was appointed attorney general for the three lower counties on the Delaware, the designation by which the present state of Delaware was then known. In 1774 he was elected to congress, of which he continued to be a member, with a brief interval, till near the close of the revolution. When the question of independence was first agitated, Mr. Read opposed it as premature, but was afterward among its most zealous supporters. In 1776 he was president of the convention that formed the first constitution of Delaware, of which he was the author, and under which he was chosen vice president, and served for a short time as president during the captivity of the regular incumbent. In 1782 he was made judge of the United States court of appeals in admiralty cases.
He represented Delaware in the convention that framed the constitution of the United States, was the first senator chosen under it for that state, and retained his seat till 1793, when he was made chief justice of Delaware.