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Signature on the Declaration of Independence
William Whipple, Jr. (January 14, 1730 – November
28, 1785) was a signer of the United States Declaration of
Independence as a representative of New Hampshire.
Whipple was born at Kittery, Maine, and educated at a common school
studying how to be a merchant, judge, and a soldier until he went off
to sea. He became a Ship's Master by the age of twenty-three.
In 1759 he landed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in partnership
with his brother established himself as a merchant. He married
his first cousin Katherine Moffat some time around 1770 to 1771.