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Matthew Thornton Chapter, NSDAR
Nashua, New Hampshire

Matthew Thornton


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As the Matthew Thornton Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) celebrates 125 years, 1897-2022, it is proud to bear the name of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Matthew Thornton (1714-1803) was born in Ireland. As a small child, he came to British North America's Royal Province of New Hampshire. He began practicing medicine in Londonderry, New Hampshire, circa 1740. He married Hannah Jack in 1760.
Active in the colonial militia, Thornton was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1778, and he signed the Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1784 to 1787 and a state councilor from 1785 to 1786. He concluded his career as Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and as a Judge of the New Hampshire Superior Court. He died at Newburyport, Massachusetts, and is buried in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

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