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Silas Deane
Birth: Dec. 24, 1737
Groton
New London County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1789

American Revolutionary War Patriot, Continental Congressman and diplomat. He taught school, then graduated from Yale and became an attorney and businessman. Deane served in the Connecticut Assembly from 1768 to 1775 and in the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. In 1776 he went to France as a diplomat. Working with Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee he negotiated the treaty that brought French aid to the Revolution. He also procured the services of several European military professionals, including Lafayette, von Steuben, Pulaski and De Kalb. Deane was recalled in 1778 and investigated for allegedly profiteering on contracts to supply the Continental Army. He attempted a defense, but the French government hindered him by seizing his papers to conceal assistance France had provided before the treaty. Deane then lived in Europe for several years. Intending to return home and seek vindication, he died under mysterious circumstances on board ship in Deal, Kent, England while en route to Boston. In 1842 Congress awarded his descendants $37,000 (equal to more than $600,000 in 2006) to compensate for personal funds he had spent while carrying out his duties. Congress also vindicated Deane by passing a resolution describing the profiteering charges as "a gross injustice." (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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  Mehitable Nott Webb Deane (1732 - 1767)*
 
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Burial:
St Leonard Churchyard
Deal
Dover District
Kent, England
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Dec 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16895316
Silas Deane
Added by: Bill McKern
 
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