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De Lancey, Oliver (16 September 1718–27 October 1785), colonial politician and Loyalist, was born in the province of New York, the youngest son of Etienne (Stephen) De Lancey and Anne van Cortlandt, who established the De Lanceys as a prominent New York mercantile family. The eldest son, ...

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Galloway, Joseph (1731–29 August 1803), colonial statesman and Loyalist, was born in West River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the son of Peter Bines Galloway and Elizabeth Rigbie. The family owned large estates in Maryland and Pennsylvania. After the early death of his father, Joseph Galloway moved to Philadelphia, where as a precocious teenager he began to practice law in 1747. In 1748 he was welcomed as the forty-sixth member of the city’s most exclusive club, “The Colony in Schuylkill” (known after the Declaration of Independence as “The Schuylkill Fishing Company of the State of Schuylkill”). Fishing company members, about sixty gentlemen in 1748, hunted and fished in the wilderness west of the city along the Schuylkill River, an area known for its abundant fish and game. They socialized and conducted society business in a meetinghouse near the river. Galloway’s election to this company indicates his position within the elite of the city’s aristocracy. He relinquished his former select status as a leading Quaker in 1753 when he married Grace Growdon, the daughter of Lawrence Growdon, an Episcopalian, a social coup fostering Galloway’s own wealth and influence. Joseph Galloway was a highly self-educated man, familiar with the classics and greatly interested in science; from 1769 to 1775 he served as vice president of the American Philosophical Society. He was recognized as an authority on land titles and thereby accumulated much land for himself. Gradually, though, his political ambition took precedence....

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Ludlow, Gabriel George (16 April 1736–12 February 1808), Loyalist soldier and politician, was born in Queens County, Long Island, New York, the son of Gabriel Ludlow, a wealthy merchant, and Frances Duncan. His grandfather immigrated to New York from England in 1694 and established the family’s wealth by operating a successful coasting trade out of New York City and acquiring vast land holdings on the west side of the Hudson River. The Ludlows were prosperous members of New York’s colonial gentry....

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Wormeley, Ralph ( April 1744–19 January 1806), colonial councillor, Loyalist, and legislator, was born at “Lansdowne,” Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia, the son of Ralph Wormeley, a planter, and Jane Bowles. Though identified throughout his life with “Rosegill,” the Wormeley seat on the Rappahannock River, he was not born at the ancestral home, which was still occupied by his paternal grandmother. The Wormeley family, established in Virginia since 1635, was one of the few families in the colony that had maintained its wealth and aristocratic standing from the period prior to 1650 until after the American Revolution. Wormeley was the fifth of his name to be a member of the ruling order in Virginia....

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Worthington, John (24 November 1719–25 April 1800), lawyer, politician, and Loyalist, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of John Worthington and Mary Pratt. Graduating from Yale College in 1740, he remained as a dean’s scholar and tutor from 1742 to 1743. For a short time, he studied law under ...

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Zubly, John Joachim (27 August 1724–23 July 1781), clergyman, politician, and pamphleteer, was born in St. Gall, Switzerland, the son of David Zubly, a Reformed minister, and Helena (maiden name unknown). After completing his studies at the Gymnasium there, he followed his father to London and was ordained at the German Church in London on 19 August 1744. That same year he joined the Swiss German migration to Purrysburg, South Carolina, settling with his father and other Zubly family members who had removed there in 1736. Zubly preached among Swiss-, German-, and English-speaking settlers in South Carolina and Georgia and assisted the Reverend ...