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Caesar Rodney
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    (October 7, 1728-June 26, 1784)
    Born in Kent County, Delaware
    Officer in the Delaware militia during the French and Indian War and American Revolution
    Rose to the rank of Major General
    Served in the Delaware Assembly (1761-76)
    Delegate to the Continental Congress (1774-76)
    Signed the Declaration of Independence
    President of the Delaware General Assemby (1777-81)
    John Adams described him as 'the oddest looking man in the world; he is tall, thin and slender as a reed, pale; his face is not bigger than a large apple.'
    He owned slaves.
    He was elected to the US Congress (1782), but did not attend due to poor health.
    With Delaware's delegation evenly split on independence, he rode 80 miles at night in a thunderstorm to cast the deciding vote in favor of independence (July 1-2, 1776).
    He raised supplies and organized volunteers for the Continental Army.
    He was depicted on the Delaware state quarter.

Credit: C. Fishel

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