MATTHEW
THORNTON
CHAPTER
Nashua, New Hampshire

The chapter is proud to bear the name of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Matthew Thornton (1714 - 1803), born in Ireland, came to British North America's Royal Province of New Hampshire as a small child. He began to practice medicine at Londonderry, NH circa 1740, married Hannah Jack in 1760, and was active in the colonial militia. Thornton was a member of the Continental Congress (1776 - 1778) and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A member of the New Hampshire State Senate (1784 - 1787) and State Councilor (1785 - 1786), Thornton concluded his career as Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and Judge of New Hampshire Superior Court. He died at Newburyport, MA and is buried at Merrimack, NH.
(Image of Matthew Thornton by Beverly Lawson. Painting by John Trumbull of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.)

The DAR, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to keeping America strong by promoting patriotism, preserving U.S. history, and supporting education programs. Today’s DAR members fund local scholarships, pioneer historic restorations, and lead volunteer projects in their communities.



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